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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?

...home battery systems: In the earlier days of off-grid home construction and home power storage, the only home battery option on the market was the lead/acid variety. The unfortunate realities of their size, cost, lifespan, material composition and lack of recyclability made installing one less of a noble gesture and ...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...battery. No longer being limited to using only half of the stored power in a battery effectively doubles their capacity. The second big improvement is the advent of ‘smart’ battery controls. Battery systems have always required a charge controller to make sure the batteries are not overcharged or discharged too deepl...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...battery: Aquion hasn't been on the market long enough to have an ironclad track record that can be cited, but here is some of what we've read that we like: They have no toxic chemicals or heavy metals so they are non-explosive, non-flammable and non-corrosive, making them the safest home battery on the market at ...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...battery? Thermal mass of any kind can by definition be called a thermal battery, as it has the ability to store heat. In the context of a house, that means dense materials like bricks, masonry and concrete. Even a jug of water sitting in a sunny window is a thermal battery of sorts as it captures and later releases h...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...homes for sale How to stay on budget when building a Green home Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction ...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...home battery without first hooking up a solar array, nothing except the price maybe. They are not cheap. Basement flood prevention: Sump pump battery backup: Most newly build homes with basements have sump pumps, but they require power to operate. And, the most likely time you will lose power is during a heavy stor...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...home How to make air-heated floors work: Since the first forced-air heating systems were introduced into homes, there have been attempts to distribute that heat through flooring systems, but they often failed miserably. The most problematic of those were attempts to heat concrete floors with standard metal ...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate The Azelio website Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - Also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here ....

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...homeowners to produce their own energy. Some of the other provinces seem to be lagging behind, offering artificially low rates and no net metering buy-back plan, rendering home renewable energy production essentially a noble, yet unprofitable undertaking for homeowners. Regardless of financial returns though, any h...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...battery systems and you may be able to sell the excess energy you produce back to utility companies. Read here about The latest solar home battery technology on the market. Do solar panels have warranties? No one likes empty promises, and no one likes a company that can’t deal with the repercussions of faulty produ...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...homes and the health of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), sewer backups and basement water damage are among the most common home insurance claims. A lower-maintenance and more reliable solution than a check valve has been developed by a Quebec company called Inflotrolix, with two produc...