Electricity / Guides

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...electricity bill. And with a predicted 30-year lifespan, this could feasibly be the cheapest roofing option on the market. Elon Musk said the following at a recent shareholders’ meeting to explain the delay for ramping up production on the solar roof – “We are about to complete version 3 of the solar roof. This is ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...electricity premium you might pay for that slight amount of suplimentary heat is more than compensated for in savings on the purchase and installation of heat distribution systems. Resilient Design Durability strategies, beginning with an above ground slab-on-grade home and superior wall drying abilities means that...

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...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...electricity. Systems can be large enough to provide your entire home power needs, and be either stored in batteries or fed back into the power grid. When you hear the words ‘net metering’, that refers to you feeding your surplus power back into the grid, and taking it out when you need it. What you provide compared t...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...electricity to heat water that is stored in a central water tank, ready for distribution. The main drawbacks of traditional systems are the standby and transfer energy losses that result from the intermittent use of the water, the fact that water remains stored along tank walls and in pipes, and the design of the tan...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...electricity free wood pellet stove for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact, see here Wood pellet stoves burn efficiently as the fire triangle is tightly controlled

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...electricity, ventilation) and seal all above-ground extremities before pouring the cement. For a video on radon barrier installation under a slab on grade, see here Detail design Notes: If you plan to eventually build a second bathroom, get your contractor to do the rough-in before pouring your slab on grade or...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...electricity and money, they will also help keep your house cooler in the summer. Incandescent bulbs convert 80% of their energy to heat, so turning on ten 100 watt bulbs is like turning on an 800 watt heater. Having house plans drawn: Working with an architect: An architect will provide you with full professional...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...electricity and fossil fuels for lighting, appliances, heating and cooling, and apparently Canadians are going to soon be eligible for free home energy audits, net zero home grants & interest-free home retrofit Loans in 2020 if the Liberal's 2019 election promises come to fruition. How is an energy audit conducted? ...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...Electricity for Pumps : $40.00 Maintenance: $10,000.00* Total $10,040.00 per year If we had heated the house with oil the expected costs would have been: Fuel cost: $33.00 Electricity for fans: $40.00 Maintenance: $100.00 Total cost $173.00 per year If we had heated with natural gas the expected costs w...

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...