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

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries panels on homes. The implications of what Azelio is doing could be quite significant, and in order to explain that properly requires a quick recap of the more common technologies for comparison: The difference between solar thermal and PV solar panels Standard photovoltaic panels absorb photons from the sun, ...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery power The latest technologies in Lithium-ion home batteries All about solar panels: how they work Ten questions to ask a solar contractor before singing a contract Off-grid living blog: a homeowner reflects on the design and building process Tesla Solar Roof shingles review Aquion Energy

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification panels to power your home there is an even stronger motivation to design for reduced consumption. Energy efficient appliances and low-flow faucets reduce hot water requirements and LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. Off grid passive solar h...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet? panels" which really did make us wonder, as there are so many variables in play that we don't see how that can always be true. Important in that claim is the 'could', so Ecohome's engineers decided to run some figures of their own just to see if this claim looks plausible. Perhaps this 'could' be true in some p...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool panels. Solar heating is essentially free (there are some small increases in electricity for the costs of pumping water through larger solar panels, but it is minimal as this links to the pool filtration system anyhow if planned and built right.) The downside of solar, especially in more northern areas, is that i...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance gain through the windows and disconnect the solar panels, the model suggests that we would need 24,550 kWh/year of power from propane, or 909 gallons. However, we already get 4,306 kWh of heat through the windows. The above models also don't account for the new solar panels added this fall, which together with ...

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

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

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...Solar Panels Install photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight energy into electricity. Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 Adding Resiliency measures Incentives to protect your home and your family from environmental damages (must be combined with another retrofit) Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $2,6...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ? panel system. Practically speaking, occupants tend to find that given the low consumption of electricity required to power a Tiny Home, the cost of setting up a solar array is usually far too high and that it would take too long to recoup the investment. Tiny houses with solar panels are more commonly seen with...

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

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist panels. But we kind of wanted to bring it down to the basics and just show how little energy a house needs to use. Yes, we could have installed solar panels on top of it, but there’s so little consumption as it is .” Also, added Mike, " utility power in this region comes from hydro sources in Quebec, not coal or ...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada and get your house working in top order. and if you are one of the masses that prefer watching to reading, then check out our YouTube channel home renovation DIY videos . How to insulate attics properly When to replace old windows when renovating and when to repair them How much insulation does a basement ...