Electricity / Guides

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...electricity. Once applications have been processed and accepted by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), contracts are valid and guaranteed for a fixed term of 20-40 years depending on the energy type. This program offers a unique opportunity for those interested in investing in small-scale renewable energy projects for...

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...

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.

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...electricity rates), your access to local EV charging stations, and how cold the winters are or indeed how hot the summers (which negatively impacts battery performance and EV range). If you live close to your workplace and don’t do a lot of road trips you can probably get by with one that has a shorter range. And usi...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...electricity rates increase 2% in October 2013. “Passive House provides energy stability, so there is no reason to not build a passive house,” conclude owners Janis and Win Naugler. Win Naugler is the owner of the house and father of builder Tim Naugler of Southern Exposure Construction Inc. Project performance:...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...electricity use (and therefore make the home Net Zero Energy) you'd be looking to install 10,000 kW of solar panels costing around $25000.00 CAD in Quebec. At $665 CAD a year, that's going to take around 40 years to pay off - by which time they would probably be due for replacement anyway. In New York, Maine or New Ham...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...electricity. The electrical circuit of your living room has reached its maximum capacity; please turn off a device. LEED V4 REQUIREMENTS To support energy efficiency efforts, LEED® Version 4 awards 2 points for monitoring energy and water consumption in real time. The points can be obtained through a monitor th...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

What is a solar thermal collector? A photovoltaic (PV) solar collector converts solar radiation into electricity , but a solar thermal collector is much simpler than that. It refers to a device that collects heat directly from solar radiation. That can be as simple and rudimentary as water being pumped through a bla...

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

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

...electricity bill. While exact levels of supply and demand are impossible to determine, this system has been designed to meet the anticipated consumption levels of the home, so Alain expects to see his bill reduced pretty much to $0. That is in essence, the very concept of Net Zero Energy, when it all balances in the ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...electricity free pellet stove suitable for off-grid heating here . The cost of pellet stoves range from about $1,700 to $3,000, not including chimney installation. If you are building your home yourself, research local building codes regarding pellet and woodstove safety early on. There are minimum distances from a...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...electricity per day, or an average over the year of $1.39 (Canadian) per day based on current electricity rates from Quebec Hydro. For a full year, heating, cooling, and interior plug loads should add up to about $507 ($385 USD) Even if the owners drove the 33 km to Ottawa every day for work in an electric vehicle, u...