Electricity, Lighting & Appliances

Efficient home electrical equipment and design

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LED filament bulbs

LED filament bulbs

A great vintage look, reminiscent of Thomas Edison's handmade bulbs but with LED longevity and low energy consumption.

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs

All about LED bulbs - video

LED light bulbs now come dimmable and with warm colours. Check out our video on choosing bulbs and DIY installation tips.

High efficiency appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

Most home electronics and appliances use energy even while in standby mode, and it is estimated that more than half the overall power consumed can happen whe...

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

These guide pages are intended to help you find the most efficient and affordable options for pretty much anything that runs on power, and the best ways to g...

Hydro towers

Heating with electricity

Electric resistance heating converts almost 100% of its energy into heat. Ultimately though, the true efficiency and environmental impact of heating with ele...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

Home lighting impacts safety, function, energy consumption and quality of life. Different lights offer not only different levels of efficiency, but a variety...

Dual axis solar tracker

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

What to consider when choosing between a fixed-angle solar mount or one that tracks the sun all day.

Caulking around windows is a cheap way to save a lot of money and ener

Green home improvements: a 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 8 home improvement tips with the greatest ret...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.

Efficient home design

All about energy efficient home design - building enclosures, product selection and energy efficiency strategies.

Solar panel installation

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

Ten things to know that will help you get the best value out of a photovoltaic solar panel system

Advice

Why do my radiators make a crackling sound?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 1:48 p.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Should I lower my thermostat at night?

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

Posted by Anonymous July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Vapour barrier vs air barrier

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

Posted by Anonymous April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

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