Passive House design may or may not be financially achievable in Canada…but it’s certainly worth the effort to try.
Turning a leaky old Rosedale heritage home into a tightly sealed, comfortable historic home. Energy efficiency will be 50kwh/m2, three times better than current building code.
Sears Canada has a wide variety of energy efficiency products from high efficiency furnaces to tankless hot water heaters and even drainwater heat recovery systems. These products are used in the Healthy Home in Downsview, ON.
Catherine Mohr discusses how she and her husband have considered the embodied energy of each material they’ve put into their new, green home in Silicon Valley and the trade-offs they’ve made during the process.
Want to know how much power your electronics use even when they’re turned off? I did, so I used the Kill A Watt to find out and then used a Smart Strip to reduce phantom load.
A guide to grants and rebates available to Toronto residents for energy efficiency upgrades.
You might not have thought about it, but if you look around your home and think back to 20 years ago, we have a lot more stuff plugged into our walls than we did then. There are cell phones and Blackberrys, cordless phones, several TVs , at least one or more personal computers, think of the number of iPods your family has, gaming consoles, DVD/VCR players, surround-sound systems, alarm systems, coffee makers with built-in clocks…a lot of these gadgets didn’t even exist 20 years ago.
If you’re interested in cutting your home’s energy use (not to mention your monthly bills), you have to know where your energy is going in the first place, and much of it might be out the window (or through the door, roof or basement). An energy auditor can help you pinpoint your home’s worst insulated areas, discover air leaks and help determine your furnace’s efficiency rating so that you can figure out the best places to spend your money to make the biggest difference to your home’s overall use of energy.