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How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...ace areas in order to provide maximum efficiency, so they’re not ideal for residential solar panels. Solar technology in 2017 According to the Canadian Solar Industries Association , Canada reached over 2,500 megawatts of cumulative solar energy capacity at the end of 2015 and jumped onto the list of top 10 nationa...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...action to handle an underperforming system, a way for you to personally keep track of your system’s performance, and someone you can directly contact if something goes wrong down the road. Make sure that the company forecasts the system’s production based on factors specific to your setup versus pointing to the manufac...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...actors, specifically the lack of vegetation in cities, heat emanating from countless vehicles and other machinery and huge concentrations of asphalt to absorb the sun's rays. Ironically, the heat extracted from buildings by air conditioners is blown into the street making air conditioning units another big player in pu...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...acts heat from outside air to heat inside air, and an air-to-water heat pump. The air to water heat pump extracts heat from ambient air inside the home and transfers it to the hot water tank, offering efficient air conditioning in summer. As for heat storage, a thermal battery such as this can store 10 times more ene...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...ached to the wall the ‘the EV charger’, that’s not truly accurate. Technically speaking, the actual EV charger that converts AC house current into DC electricity is built into the vehicle itself. The role of the EVSE is to provide a safe supply of electricity to your vehicle. Portable and all-weather EV chargers: Y...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...aces of windows act as a dehumidifier does, causing humidity from the air to condense into droplets then run down and damage window sills as well as drain into walls. Saving on window replacement A common misconception in home renovations is that money can be saved by replacing old windows. In Reality, rarely does ...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...ace it – especially if it becomes badly affected by mold and mildew – which usually makes an appearance as a cloud of little black dots around windows or in the corners of rooms. Condensation causes mold and mildew around windows As condensation occurs when moist air comes into contact with a colder surface l...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...acid AGM 12V 265 Ah (a nominal 25 kWh storage) Backup generator: Generac Ecogen, 6 kW Electronics: Schneider MPPT 80 600 Charge Controller Schneider Conext SW 4048 Inverter/Charger Schneider Combox Schneider Automatic Generator Starter Off-Grid energy system control panel © Craig...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...acts heat from the air to generate hot water, so in the winter that 3 to 1 heating ratio of the first heat pump is transferred to the water heater. And the more 'free' heat you have in winter (solar gains and general occupancy) the more efficient it becomes. In summer it acts as an air conditioner while it extracts h...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...ace to a lower place. Similarly, heat naturally flows from a hotter place to a colder place. So how is it that we can extract heat from a cold place and send it to a warmer place? Well, it is a little bit like moving water from a low place to a high place. All you need is a pump! Heat is actually defined by the movem...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...ace a furnace, and are labeled as money savers. Question is, are they worth the hype? Here's a quick view first of how they operate. Starting at depths of between 6 and 10 metres, the temperature of the earth is no longer influenced by variations in surface temperature, and stays relatively constant at around 8 to 10...