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Green Rooftops

By Lauren Mangion ecomii.com
January 29, 2009
File under: Cooling Systems, Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Landscaping, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

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Have you ever considered landscaping your roof? With the threats and realities of climate change abound, green roofs may provide a valuable small step toward carbon absorption.

If you have a flat or low-sloping, load-bearing roof with access to sunlight, wind shelter and proper drainage, you may be a good candidate for a green roof.

The benefits of green roofs are many.

Environmentally, a green roof will purify the air, absorbing airborne toxins and pollutants and producing life-giving oxygen. …read more of Green Rooftops here

 
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Free Heat?

By Loretta White ecomii.com
January 26, 2009
File under: Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

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There is something so wonderful about warm floors on your bare feet in the midst of a New England winter storm! Today we are in a world of changing attitudes, and great thought is put into saving our natural resources and being responsible with our world. Radiant heat allows for clean, healthier, quiet, renewable energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort.

Radiant heat comes with many benefits: First off, it is the most efficient heat system that exists; with less operating time, heat is evenly distributed, lower maintenance, add on to any heat/hot water system, no dangerous emissions are produced and up to 99% efficient. Costs run around $0.32 to $2.00/ft and up.

Great for people with allergies: Most heat systems dry and circulate the air you breathe, while radiant systems do not. The air you breathe is healthier, cleaner and not dried out. …read more of Free Heat? here

 
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Green Wood Stoves

By Loretta White ecomii.com
January 21, 2009
File under: Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

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Wood Stoves and wood burning systems come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, multi-usages and price ranges.  Some of the other names they go by are; pellet stoves, fireplace inserts, pot belly, cast iron, soapstone, etc.

Additionally, the assortment of fuels these stoves can burn vary, some are set up for dual or multiple fuels that can burn wood on day and corn the next, allowing the user to buy based on the price tag, saving you monies there as well. Either way, knowing the different types of wood products and fuels and how well they burn in your choice of unit is important.

The most common stoves burn wood and the general understanding is that these go in cabin or cellar, not as a complete heating system. Now with new technologies, these are no longer a smoky, dirty proposition.  There are two basic categories; space heaters and central heating systems. Here I will be focusing on the Space Heater Group. …read more of Green Wood Stoves here

 
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Water Walls: A passive solar heating solution.

By Loretta White ecomii.com
January 3, 2009
File under: Cooling Systems, Green Building Design, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

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Second in my series of alternative heating, cooling and power is Water-Walls. What are water walls? Well, basically, they are exactly what they sound like, water containers installed along, on or incorporated in new or existing buildings. Used for years in equestrian and gardening applications, this tried and true method utilizes the sun to collect heat during the day and cools at night. They can be invisible or used as a feature, stand alone or attached to a structure. Whether you are building a new house or working with an existing building this is a great DIY solution. Kits are available to purchase or design and build your own.

Passive Solar Heat from Water Walls offer the most cost effective means of providing heat to buildings and a 10-20% advantage over other passive solar designs like concrete, phase-change salts or masonry (Trombe). Additionally, the energy savings for heating and cooling can be expected in the 70 to 90 percent range. …read more of Water Walls: A passive solar heating solution. here

 
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Alternative Heat & Power: Are you considering all the factors?

By Loretta White ecomii.com
January 3, 2009
File under: Cooling Systems, Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

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As I mentioned in my last blog regarding an overview of alternative heat/water/power, there are numerous things to consider when choosing what is right for you.

Some are obvious, some clandestine. As an example, we decided to utilize a wood/coal stove and lower our oil bill these past few months. This being a new house, we are researching the best alternative methods for this region to create a plan to make it more green. The surprise came in the form of the electric bill?! What we did not expect, or even consider, was the electricity used to fire up furnace. Our bill went down at least $20.00.

With that in mind, i would like to share with you what to take into account when going green. The obvious considerations being; cost, fossil fuel footprint reduction, overall savings, etc. Let’s look at them in more detail – I don’t know about you, but I hate to add more work into my already hectic life. I want to save money, save time and be green all at the same time. …read more of Alternative Heat & Power: Are you considering all the factors? here

 
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