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Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

Natural gas for heating & cooking in homes is so convenient & relatively affordable - so why have governments & local cities across North America & Europe taken the radical decision to phase it out, & when is natural gas going to be banned. So why is natural gas being phased out?   Natural gas is being phased out of…

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project

Smart door lock buying guide

Smart door locks offer convenience & security, especially when teamed with an optional camera & smart doorbell with siren. Like screening calls on your mobile, unwanted visitors can be filtered out - or open the door remotely. What is a smart lock for a home? Smart door locks are deadbolt front door locks that can…

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns, the stages and processes, & how to get the best heat for your $ while being eco-friendly. Understanding how firewood burns, the technical details Stage 1: The Evaporation of Moisture – otherwise known as “getting the [email protected] thing going” If you’ve ever tried to burn wet or…

High efficiency wood burning fireplaces and how to choose the best

Choosing the best wood-burning fireplace inserts or stoves for heat output & the environment

Making sense of the best wood burning fireplace inserts and wood stove specifications and knowing how to choose the best one for you if you're looking to burn wood for minimum environmental impact & maximum heat output is easy with our guide. Wood Burning Inserts & Stoves - which are best & which burn…

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

Short of a wood stove, pretty much all heating systems require power to operate. So in the event of an apocalypse (zombie, climate, asteroid, etc) these two pellet stoves can keep you warm when the power goes out. These Wood Pellet Stoves need no electric! Burning wood to heat a home does not make you an…

Natural gas fireplace

Heating with natural gas

During the combustion process, natural gas is the most efficient and least harmful of fossil fuels. How affordable or ecologically responsible it will be in the future depends largely on supply, sourcing and the supply network. The cleaner burning process (than diesel fuel) and price has made heating and cooking…

Choosing the right firewood for maximum heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

Dense hardwoods like maple, oak, birch and cherry are some of the better woods for heating & burn hottest. Different species of wood are available in different areas, so the best firewood will vary by location, see below. First Rule for Choosing the Hottest Firewood? Before we get into which wood is best for…

High efficiency wood stoves

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

Improvements in stove technology have made wood and biomass fuel a more popular and efficient heat source. There has been an increase in the use of wood and other biomass fuel for heating homes across the colder parts of North America & Canada for the last decade. In Eastern Canada and the USA in particular this…

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Tips for Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool including planning & building a pool for energy efficiency. Happiness is a warm pool - but how to heat it? Swimming in a warm pool is a wonderful feeling, and while we hear from many pool owners in the cooler states &…

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

When building a new home, especially sustainable high-performance eco homes like Passive House or Zero Net Energy in a cold climate, some heat is still necessary. Is the greenest option Electric Heating? Read on to find out. More and more homebuyers are starting to demand energy-efficient new homes and are pushing…

Reducing the need for air conditioning

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

Some techniques that will help you reduce your A/C needs, and certainly help you stay cool in the absence of having one.   How to cool a home without AC While it's true that no matter where you live, be it urban, suburban or rural, the hottest days and nights of summer may have you dreaming of coolers climates…

News

Disadvantages of OIL HEATING Systems being BANNED

Oil Heating Ban in New Homes in Canada, is Gas Next?

From December 2021, Quebec banned oil heating in new homes, and as of 2023 it will even be prohibited to replace or repair oil furnaces. Looked at in detail the new provincial regulations potentially also go for gas heating. Adopted on November 17, 2021 in Quebec, the regulations for banning oil-fired heating…

Carbon Tax USA & Canada - If it brings investment to lower carbon then it's good

Carbon tax in Canada or USA – How More Tax might be a Good Thing

Raising taxes is usually something that dips into all wallets - but the Carbon tax, applied correctly to target consumption, may be the best thing that ever happened for the North American construction industry and homeowners. I was a carpenter/contractor for decades, during and in between university. In 2008 an old…

Water Efficiency News - Trump showerhead laws reversed by Biden

Trump shower head rules reversed by Biden - Water Efficiency is Back !

Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps we can all take to Green up our homes. Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. We were pleased to hear this week that the Department of Energy in the…

Ontario's new building-codes for Legal Laneway Homes Toronto

Ontario clarifies building-code for legal laneway homes in Toronto

In a landmark appeal case Ontario BCC has clarified building-code for laneway homes making it easier to get a permit for legal Tiny Houses in Toronto from May 2020 with shared access & sprinklers legally accepted. Toronto’s New Laneway Suite Program bylaw gives hope for Tiny Homes After buying a home on Manning Ave…

Advice

Which are the best wood burning fireplace inserts for Canada?

Posted by Les Poldark March 28, 2022, 10:24 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Are there pellet stoves that don't use electricity?

Posted by Christina Dick Oct. 19, 2021, 11:35 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Where to find non electric pellet stoves?

Posted by Denise DeStefanis Sept. 30, 2021, 4:04 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

Posted by Regina Vigil Feb. 15, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

How do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 4 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses