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

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...solar panels give you cheap energy? Your local electricity rates weighed against the 'per kilowatt hour' rates for installing home PV systems is really what will determine the value and payback period; but system prices, product quality and warranties keep making PV solar panel systems more enticing and competitive. ...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

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

...Solar Roof, find more info pages about Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing between solar trackers & fixed solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor T esla solar panels -...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing between solar trackers & fixed solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor T esla solar panels - special offers announced Tesla S...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

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

...Solar Roof, find more info pages about Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing between solar trackers & fixed solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor T esla solar panels -...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing between solar trackers & fixed solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor T esla solar panels - special offers announced Tesla S...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...solar heating on a budget! DIY solar air heater videos are a big hit on YouTube, with a couple of main staple ideas - recycled pop can solar collectors, downspout solar collectors, screen or sheet metal solar collectors. If you don't have it in you to make one yourself, solar air heaters for sale are also available o...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Solar thermal heating and solar water heaters This refers to using solar panels to absorb heat in a liquid (mix of glycol and water) and redistribute it throughout the house, through radiators or radiant floor heat. A system can work to heat your home, as well as pre-heating your domestic hot water. It can ea...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...going on inside would be the solar panels on the roof. This passive solar home will have an odour free composting toilet that turns it's waste into fertilizer, and be used in its own backyard for food production. Other features will be a rainwater treatment system for showers, photovoltaic solar panels feeding the powe...

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

...solar panels, or the significantly more complicated sun tracking systems for solar panels , but the simplicity (and reduced cost) of fixed panels is quite attractive. I would go so far as to say that if one is going to have stationary panels in the northern US or Canada on an off-grid home, that orienting them more for...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...solar panel than someone in Ontario for example. All this is to illustrate that there is not one right answer to the question of 'to be or not to be' someone with photovoltaic solar panels, your own wind turbine, solar heated floors , bike generator , or even a water-wheel! Solar heating - passive & active energy P...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonney.com If you’ve ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, you already understand solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be generated by the most rudimentary solar collection system is astounding. Check out our DIY so...