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Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Not only are they more durable, they are also pliable, lightweight and easily transportable. Standard solar panels are rigid, relatively heavy and fragile. A new product on the market called Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV) from mPower Technology may change...
Ssolar air heater
Solar air heaters are fairly easy to make or affordable to buy and offer a quick payback. How solar air heaters...
Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Last summer the 20/20 Catalysts Program kick-started a clean-energy initiative for Indigenous communities. This summer the focus will be on improving community housing. Representatives from 18 communities across Canada attended three week-long intensive sessions last summer as part of...
Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Energy modeling can help you find the weak link in a building envelope and tweak your design before you start building. This is the fifth piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved, written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of...
Tesla Solar Roof shingles
The name Tesla inspires visions of fast cars, rocket ships, high speed trains and now home solar roofs. So far they are big on fanfare but short on hard facts. Tesla is a powerful brand that when riding on its track record of electric vehicles needs to do little but step into a market...
Off-grid leed home
How to keep power consumption at a minimum in an off-grid house without affecting quality of life. This is the third post in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED...
Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Just as a regular battery stores electrical energy, a thermal battery stores heat. Solar heat can be collected, stored and distributed later as needed. . What is a thermal battery? Thermal mass of any kind could by definition be called a thermal battery as it stores...
Balanced insulation levels in a home
Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation means applying your insulation dollars where they are most needed. . Keeping heat in your home during a Canadian winter is a battle of epic proportions, one that needs to be fought...
Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insulation
Tips for winter preparation: how to make your house more efficient, more durable and more comfortable. . Extremely low temperatures can test your home in many ways, and sometimes return a failing grade. Even brand new homes built to code can see failures of their building envelopes...
Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home battery
Aquion Energy's Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) saltwater batteries offer a safe, clean, non-hazardous and hassle-free solution to storing your own power . Renewable energy is a hot topic, not just in green building circles, but all across the globe. The need is urgent, the products are...
How solar panels work
Ever wonder how solar panels actually work? Here is a great explanation of how sun is converted into electricity, and some resources for getting set up with solar panels in Canada. Going solar at home is more straightforward and affordable now than ever before, with areas throughout...
Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
In this second post in a series on off-grid living, Craig Anderson outlines the energy systems of his house and explains why he chose them. This is the second piece in a blog series called Sunshine Saved written by Craig Anderson as he  documents the design and construction...