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Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

We all like money saving ideas for the home to keep our bills and energy use to a minimum, one of those ideas is low-flow shower heads.… Are low flow shower heads worth it? So, let's start with this somewhat shocking reality -  North Americans will on average use over 1.4 million litres of water per year, or about 4 t…

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

The three considerations of a toilet are water efficiency, performance and aesthetics.… Watch more videos Toilets usually account for about a third of the indoor water use of a home, so toilets that carry the EPA WaterSense® label are a great place to start looking. Then comes the choice of either single flush or …

Grey water and heat recovery shower

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

This Quebec made closed-loop water and heat recovery system makes showering ultra efficient.… After recently posting a story sharing the brilliance that is the Swedish Orbsys water and heat recycling shower, it was brought to our attention that there is a homegrown Canadian variety as well. The EcoVéa shower by Reveec…

Water efficient bathroom fixtures

Plumbing & water

Water efficient toilets, compact plumbing design, low-flow fixtures, grey water recovery and rainwater harvesting. There are lots of ways to save water in a home.… Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litr…

Water efficiency

How to save money on your hot water bills!

Heating water accounts for one fifth of our energy consumption and there’s a lot we can do to improve that.… How to save money on hot water: We will discuss a number of ways to conserve water, particularly hot water, but all of that starts with using less in the first place! Choosing low flow fixtures and toilets will…

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

There are a number of ways you can up the efficiency of your home without spending much money. Here are our top 10 energy-saving home improvement tips with the greatest return.… The best tips to save money & reduce bills? First of all, the best way to reduce bills & save money is to spend as little as possible for the…

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchen and bathroom design can have a significant impact on your energy and water consumption, as well as the durability and air quality of your home.… Water and moisture wreak havoc on homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to …

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

Canada Green Building Council President Thomas Mueller calls Ecohome's Edelweiss House "A phenomenal achievement".… A LEED Platinum Home project overview As building rating systems drive building codes to greater levels of performance, the rating systems themselves need a periodic upgrade to stay ahead of the curve; e…

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

The SANC02 is the first heat pump water heater available in Canada to use outside air for heating water. Great technology, if a little pricey.… There are many manufacturers of heat pump water heaters on the market, which, rather than heating water with an electric coil as a normal electric hot water tank does, employ …

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

Solar panels good, coal-fired power plant electricity bad. If only it were that simple to choose. We discuss the best alternatives for producing your own power at home, from solar to wind turbines to generator bikes...… Home Energy Generation, which option is best? How the electrical grid is fed near you will be a hug…

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

Energy modeling can help you find the weak link in a building envelope and tweak your design before you start building.… This is the fifth piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved, written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. Find previous p…

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