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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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...homes, the Ecocapsule packs everything you need into one very efficient, compact design. Complete with rather luxurious amenities, including a double bed, kitchenette, storage space and bathroom with a shower and a toilet that collects bio waste, the Ecocapsule can be used as a tiny home, a pop-up hotel, a humanitarian...

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

...battery is the most expensive part of the car, to get a greater range means a bigger battery, and consequently a higher price. And you also need to consider your home charging station - to discover which is the Best Home EV Charger, read The Definitive Guide to EVSE's here . Electric vehicles in cold weather & hot: ...

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 ....

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... *** Hannah West writes professionally for Home Improvement Leed with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to tak...

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 ...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...homes. To qualify, your home must meet the requirements outlined in the BMO Eco Smart Mortgage checklist as confirmed by a third party appraiser (or energy auditor) arranged by BMO. For single family homes, including townhouses (condo or freehold), your home will need 6 out of 7 features to qualify: High efficien...