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Cost of Solar System for Your Home

Cost of Solar System for Your Home

Cost of Solar System for Your Home Whether you’re remodeling your home or on the hunt for a new one, the cost of a solar system is on everyone’s radar these days. Installing a solar energy system can give your home that extra edge while saving you […]

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Straw-Bale Home Construction

Straw-Bale Home Construction

Straw-Bale House Walls Straw-bale home construction is a building method that uses bales of straw (commonly: wheat, rice, rye, and oats straw) as structural elements, building insulation, or both. The first straw-bale structures we know of were built about a hundred years ago by European settlers in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. […]

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Geothermal Heating Costs

Geothermal Heating Costs

A geothermal system is a heating and cooling unit designed to extract the natural heat stored in the ground during the winter and discharge heat from air conditioning to the relatively cold ground in the summer. This article discusses geothermal heating costs in Ontario, Canada Geothermal Energy […]

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Energy Efficient Home

Energy Efficient Home

“Design energy efficiency into your home at the start and the benefits will pay off for years to come…” Energy Efficient Home Study after study shows that the total energy used during the life of a typical home in Canada could be reduced by at least 50% […]

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Wind Turbine – Should You Install One In Your Back Yard?

Wind Turbine – Should You Install One In Your Back Yard?

1. How do residential wind turbines work? A wind turbine, which is installed on top of a tall tower, collects kinetic energy from the wind and converts it to electricity that is compatible with a home’s electrical system. Wind-Turbine in action In a standard residential application, a […]

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Solar Radiant Floor Heating – What You Need To Know

Solar Radiant Floor Heating – What You Need To Know

Solar Radiant Floor Heating Solar hot water heating systems are compatible with radiant floor systems for a multitude of reasons: 1. The radiant floor system requires water temperatures in the same range that the solar system can generate. 2. Hydronic baseboards and fan coil systems, by comparison, […]

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Insulating Concrete Forms – What you need to know

Insulating Concrete Forms – What you need to know

ICF-great-case-study Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) wall most commonly consist of concrete between polystyrene foam, although other form materials such as polyurethane, recycled wood and cement mixtures exist. Insulating Concrete Forms Wall The foam is usually two flat pieces of either expanded polystyrene (EPS, average R-value of 3.8 […]

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The Reality Behind Home Energy Consumption

The Reality Behind Home Energy Consumption

Expensive is just one of the words that people today use to describe electricity bills. It seems that every day, the cost of electricity keeps getting higher and higher. Because of this, we all tend to look towards alternative energy sources. Home Energy Consumption However, as governments […]

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Energy efficient home with radiant heat for sale

Energy efficient home with radiant heat for sale

Energy efficient home with in-floor hot water radiant heat system Energy efficient home for sale in Tiny Township – with radiant floor heat: Our most popular model “Springwood”. This open concept 1,592 sq.ft., three bedrooms and two bathroom home is now being built on a beautiful 1/3rd acres […]

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Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heater – Luna Baxi Save Money With Tankless Water Heaters Hot water heating accounts for about 20% (or more) of the average North American household’s annual energy costs. With energy prices rising day after day, it is becoming necessary to take a closer look at […]

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Cost of Geothermal Heating Systems:

Cost of Geothermal Heating Systems:

A geothermal heating system can save you a lot of money in energy costs while benefiting the environment. You will want to install one almost immediately. Until, you hear the costs. A geothermal system costs so much that you will be tempted to forget the whole idea. Cost […]

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Who is Who in Ontario Home Building?

Who is Who in Ontario Home Building?

“Discover a Home That Offers Lower Energy Bills, A Healthier Living Environment and Complete Peace of Mind – Guaranteed!” A home that stands up to fire, noise, sun, wind, rain, snow, bugs, mould and inevitable Acts of God like, earthquakes and hurricanes; A home that provides years […]

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Brick and Stone Home – Is It More Energy Efficient?

Brick and Stone Home – Is It More Energy Efficient?

How Can Brick And Stone Make Your Home Energy Efficient A home thatís energy-efficient is healthier and more cost efficient. Energy efficiency modifications in your home can eliminate or at least lessen the poor quality of air thatís brought in by various weather conditions. One way to […]

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Get Your Power from the Sun – Photovoltaic Solar System

Get Your Power from the Sun – Photovoltaic Solar System

Are you thinking of buying a solar electric system for your home or business? Solar electric systems, which are also called photovoltaic or PV systems, are reliable and pollution-free. They make use of a renewable source of energy—the sun. And PV systems for homes and businesses are becoming more […]

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Designing a Residential Solar Water Heater

Designing a Residential Solar Water Heater

Evacuated Tube Solar Panels With the increase in electricity and gas prices, the need for renewable sources of energy is growing. Heating water accounts for nearly one-third of a typical home’s energy bill. Using the sun’s energy to heat water is not a new idea. More than […]

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How To Buy Windows For Your New Home

How To Buy Windows For Your New Home

When you choose new windows, appearance is often the first consideration. But liking a window’s appearance is a fuzzy proposition, and cost depends on durability and the energy dollars pumped through the windows each year. We are convinced that if we could see energy loss as we […]

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Bamboo Flooring – Facts and Fiction!

Bamboo Flooring – Facts and Fiction!

Bamboo is a type of grass that grows all over Southeast Asia and China and it has become a high-quality alternative to the traditional hardwood floors. Bamboo Flooring – What You Need To Know!   Professionals in the flooring business are always looking for good flooring materials […]

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Radiant Floor Heating – Hydronic is The Way to Go!

Radiant Floor Heating – Hydronic is The Way to Go!

Radiant Floor Heating Invisible, Clean, Quiet, Efficient and Dependable – Living With Radiant Floor Heating is One of Life’s Simple Pleasures In Ontario, forced air heat is still the most popular because of its low installation costs. However, it is the most expensive type of heat to […]

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New Building Practices – Home Builders Ontario

New Building Practices – Home Builders Ontario

Home Builders Ontario Give yourself the a gift of the year: beautifully decorated new home in Township of Tiny, Ontario! ICFHome.ca, one of the most well-known custom home builders in Ontario is proud to announce the launch of new home sales for Lafontaine Village at Georgian Bay – a […]

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Custom Home Builder in Georgian Bay

Custom Home Builder in Georgian Bay

Custom Home Builder Georgian Bay Since 1991, ICFhome.ca has been building quality custom homes in many of Georgian Bay communities, from Owen Sound at the east, through Meaford, Thornbury and Collingwood, all the way to Midland and Muskokas  to the west. We have been regarded as an […]

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Healthy Homes – A Must For Our Children’s Futures!

Healthy Homes – A Must For Our Children’s Futures!

Healthy Homes The myth that building a “Healthy Homes” can cost a great deal more is not right. Home may be where the heart is but it’s also where you’ll find dust mites, paint, asbestos, mould and mildew, off-gassing synthetic carpeting, plywood with heavy formaldehyde concentration, radon […]

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100 or 200 Amp Electrical Service?

100 or 200 Amp Electrical Service?

200 Amp Electrical Panel Is the 200 Amp service worth the extra expense? One of the most frequent questions the new home buyers ask is whether to get 100 or 200 Amp service for their new home.  If you don’t have any 220-volt electricity hogs, such as […]

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