Batteries / Guides

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...batteries and power storage is still not terribly efficient, and so consequently, it is still quite expensive. The best lithium ion home batteries will run yo...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...batteries? Taking advantage of a 'phase change' raises the bar a bit - stick with me, it will be fun, I promise :) A significant input of energy is required...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...batteries themselves. Lithium-ion batteries on the market today are much more robust and functional than the lead-acid batteries we have relied on in the past. ...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...batteries can be discharged down to 90% of capacity without causing damage, where lead-acid batteries (and even the Tesla lithium ion Powerwall) should not be d...

Disposing of old batteries

Waste management: compost and recycling

...batteries safely: Batteries are harmless looking in appearance and obviously safe to touch when they haven’t leaked, but their components are considered hazar...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...Batteries: Many people who have photovoltaic solar arrays also have batteries to store power in emergencies, even if they are tied to the grid. There is nothing...

How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

...Batteries, how to store passive solar heat , Passive House Design & Certification in Canada or America , or for specifics about Passive House Certification in t...

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

...Batteries : 8 Deka deep cycle solar batteries, lead acid AGM 12V 265 Ah (a nominal 25 kWh storage) Backup generator: Generac Ecogen, 6 kW Electronics: S...

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

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

...batteries that will then feed different receivers. The batteries then power the two heating elements contained in the hot water tank, which operate on DC 48V, t...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...batteries still take a large share of the home battery market, but new lithium-ion batteries are constantly hitting the market with better capacity and 'smart' ...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...batteries may not need to changed for up to 2 years. How long do smart lock batteries last? Bluetooth or Z-Wave will usually last between 1-2 years before n...