Electricity / Guides

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Electricity: Solar-electric systems located on all three homes will generate electricity to supply their own electricity needs, and sell any excess to local utilities. Passive solar: South facing windows will allow the sun's warmth to passively heat the structural concrete floor in the showhome. Insulation: ...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...electricity. Meanwhile, around 51 per cent less potable water is used compared to an average Australian building and less waste ends up in landfill. Ms Madew commented: "But green buildings are not just good for the planet - they are good for people too. Sustainable buildings are boosting student test scores, a...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...electricity. The class has dubbed the structure OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space). The class of 16 students challenged itself to design and build a living space with enough room for one person, that could be easily towed behind a typical 4-cylinder vehicle, and could provide its own water and electricity....

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...electricity is clean? The way the power grid operates makes it impossible to actually determine how much, if any, of your home electricity consumption comes from clean and renewable energy sources. The reason is that the power grid operates as a bit of a free-for-all, not unlike a potluck dinner where everyone contri...

Artistic rendition of one of the pre-fab net zero homes, Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Community in Calgary, Alberta

...electricity charges entirely for homeowners, among other sustainable benefits." Read more here.

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...electricity to generate heat, so all the same environmental realities apply. Heating the liquid in a hydronic system can be achieved in many ways: Tankless (on demand) water heaters Combination hot water tank and boiler Combination solar water heater and boiler Geothermal heat pumps Hydronic radiators and...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...electricity is renewable) Heating costs are 50% lower than an R2000 home Results like we are seeing here go a long way to dispelling the myth that building green homes costs more. And as news spreads of how little it cost to build and how little it costs to operate, we may soon hear of more LEED homes in the Yuko...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...electricity without impacting the way it looks. ClearView PowerTM can be integrated directly into the surfaces of mobile electronics as an auxiliary power source, with no degradation of device function or display clarity. Among other applications, ClearView PowerTM can also serve as an invisible, power-producing coat...

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

...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: You have an option between: hard-wired and permanently-mounted chargers, or portable units that can plug into a 240-volt receptacle on an exterior wall...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...electricity in regions with high peak-electricity rates, without using fossil fuels.

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

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...electricity. Almost all pellet stoves require power to run a hopper to feed fuel into the fire (with two exceptions) so, outside of the most efficient passively-heated homes, it's really just a traditional wood stove that will save your bacon (or help you cook it) when the power is out. A photovoltaic (PV) solar arra...