Green power / Guides

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

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

...power installations in the past few years. If you’re thinking about taking the leap into renewable energy in your own home but don’t feel you have enough information about current developments in solar technology, then this article is for you. We’ve outlined some of the basics of residential solar power today and how...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...Power Technology may change that. The cells in these pliable sheets are made from high-efficiency silicon, and if one cell is damaged or loses power, the rest will continue to operate. A more resilient design means a longer life and that makes them cheaper in the long run. The cost of solar technologies has dropped b...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...power 12 average Canadian homes for a year) 1.5 million liters of water recycled in 2011 100% of power supplied comes from renewables or low impact hydroelectric generation sources 100% of all cleaning products meet green cleaning standards Native and drought hardy landscaping that needs no irrigation and uses ...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...power you generate privately. After your needs are met, any surplus power you generate gets fed into the power grid, and you will get paid a very respectable rate. If you lack the funds to get set up, leasing programs are available. Details here . Desjardins : Desjardins' Green Homes Program is available both in Qu...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...power will determine the optimum orientation for your panels, and the best direction for you is not necessarily due south. If the power supplier in your area offers net-metering, you will want to take this into consideration to program your battery system for optimal benefit. If you are not storing solar power but co...

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

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

...power generation such as having solar panels on your roof . If you live near a windfarm, that's where most of your power comes from. If you live near a solar farm, or a hydroelectric station, same thing, you are powering your home with clean renewable energy. For example, 95% of the power used in Quebec is largely fe...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...power outages over winter. Contact the manufacturer here, in beautiful Oregon, if you want one and please mention EcoHome! Edison ECO-45 battery/solar powered pellet stove The other zero-electric wood pellet stove we like is the Edison ECO-45 from Drolet, which is perhaps a little easier to imagine in your living r...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...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 to what you consume is calculated and you receive an adjusted bill, or...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Green Home Rating Systems such as Passive House or LEED , or to Learn What Questions you Should Ask a Solar Panel Contractor , you can find all you need in the Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages at Ecohome.net, and if you don't find what you are looking for, ask a pro a question in our discussion forum .

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...green building: High performance, energy efficient Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-insulated, and if p...

Real estate

Real estate

...power, water and sewers (this is more relevant for building lots) Green space: being close to parks and waterways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun exposure: for interior quality of life, also for a garden if that's your thing. Com...