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.… 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 per…

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 a…

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 a…

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 …

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…

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.… I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so Th…

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.… When considering home solar power you will first want to: Update your appliances and get your demand down as low as possible. Convert any appliances that you are intending to convert (such as installing heat pumps to…

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…

Efficient green home design choices

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

All about energy efficient home design - building enclosures, product selection and energy efficiency strategies.… The  principles of green building: A high performance, energy efficient home may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green liv…

Solar panel reflectors

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

A study showed that reflectors on solar panels can increase their performance by up to 30%… The continuing drop in cost for home solar power generation has led to a dramatic increase in the rate of installations, for both residential and commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even m…

Advice

Why do my radiators make a crackling sound?

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

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

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

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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