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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 the…

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. At the beginning of the 20th century, light bulbs were handmade, with incandescent filaments painstakingly being placed in tiny glass globes. Manufacturing is a little more automated now, but the perf…

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. DIY video about choosing the best LED bulbs and DIY lighting fixture installation tips. LED bulbs are here to stay, it's time to make the leap. The colours are warmer now, the bulbs are dimable an…

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

Powered by foot, this compact and easy to maneuver machine is an excellent alternative to a normal home washing machine or trip to the dreaded laundromat. A typical washing machine can use up to 87 litres of water per load, not to mention its ability to eat up electricity. An efficient Energy Star machine can cut wate…

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 when they aren't even in use. Even when sitting idle, almost all TVs, computers and stereos etc., will still be using power. So any added cost for high efficiency ap…

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 generate power yourself. There are a lot of options to consider when shopping for appliances, designing home lighting, and heating your home. These pages outline s…

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?

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 electricity is determined by the source of its production. Is Electric Heating Eco-friendly? Determining whether or not electricity is an efficient and ecologically…

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 of colours as well, and can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder(S.A.D.). The first thought of home lighting design should be the orientation of windows for qua…

Off-grid leed home

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

How to keep power consumption at a minimum in an off-grid house without affecting quality of life. This is the fifth piece in a blog series written by Craig Anderson as he documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here, the overview . or…

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

Comparing the performance of air source heat pumps and ground source geothermal heat pumps at the Living City Campus Archetype Sustainable House to discover which is the best option. Air Source Heat Pumps, and are Ground Source Heat Pumps "Geothermal?" First let's clear up some confusion on terminology regarding heat…

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

The Swedish company Azelio has an innovative solution for generating carbon neutral electricity with storage that doesn't need batteries. New technology combines solar power generation & battery free power storage The forever-changing landscape of the green home building industry sees ideas come and go, and on occasio…

Advice

What are the ingredient for making a dyi Water battery?

Posted by louis-jacques Wens Dec. 10, 2020, 8:32 a.m. Electricity 1 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Why do my radiators make a crackling sound?

Posted by Heather Baird Dec. 11, 2017, 1:48 p.m. Heating with electricity 2 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Are saltwater home batteries availability in the USA?

Posted by David Meckes April 11, 2020, 5:13 p.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

What are solar battery storage alternatives?

Posted by Sasha Nazarchuk Sept. 21, 2020, 1:13 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

Where can I find salt water batteries?

Posted by S Conrad June 23, 2020, 9:52 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

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