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How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...electric heating can still be a good choice . If the electricity they consume is generated sustainably, then electric baseboard heaters can be an economical and eco-friendly choice for heating system for well-insulated green homes . However, if the questions in the “Ask a Pro” section is anything to go by, it seems...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...electric coil as a normal electric hot water tank does, employ an evaporator to extract heat from the air (either interior or exterior) and use it to make hot water. The byproduct of an air-to-water heat pump after it extracts heat is cold air, so with systems that draw from and exhaust air back into the house, they ...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...electric vehicle image via Creative Commons Helping citizens transition to electric vehicles (discounts of up to $14,000) Developing infrastructure for public transportation Expanding bicycle paths and bicycle parking Note: Within this a target has been identified (hopeful perhaps), that 12% of new v...

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

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...electricity per day, or an average over the year of $1.39 (Canadian) per day based on current electricity rates from Quebec Hydro. For a full year, heating, cooling, and interior plug loads should add up to about $507 ($385 USD) Even if the owners drove the 33 km to Ottawa every day for work in an electric vehicle, u...

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

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...electric vehicles, and a trend towards electric power tools and heavy equipment. As we face an ever-increasing risk from climate change, the urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to low-carbon construction techniques and renewable power generation is urgent beyond measure, and the current market kee...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Electric vehicle rebates: Ontario's efforts to get more electric vehicles on the road have them currently offering up to $14,000. More details here . Quebec: Desjardins: Free Energy Assessment; cash-back for any renovation labeled Rénoclimat leading to a loan of at least $40,000 or a building project with a loan ...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...electric resistance heat (baseboard heaters, boilers, toasters, hairdryers, etc.) has a COP of 1, meaning one unit of electricity produces one unit of heat. So, a COP of 3 means you are getting three times more heat for every dollar you spend with a heat pump compared to a normal electric heater. Air conditioning uni...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...electrical loads. At Quebec hydro rates of only 7.13 cents /kWh, the entire heating and electrical load would amount to approximately $665.00 CAD per year or just under $42 US per month (check your local utility rates to get a more accurate cost estimate for your location). So is this a Zero Net Energy prefab home? ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...electricity on sunny days, which should provide the bulk of the house's electricity consumption. Enough power to meet the total electrical demand during 4 days without sunshine is stored in direct current (DC) lead batteries. The high-efficiency converter (which transforms the direct current from the 48-volt battery ...

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

...electrical appliances in the home. As advised later by Patrick Déry, member of GREB (Group Ecological Research of the Bay), Alain connected his electric water heater to his PV solar panels knowing that these panels would be generating more energy than he needed. The electrical system will be connected to the electric...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...hydroelectric power Harnessing the power of flowing water is anything but a new technology; what is new is the benign ecological effects of free-standing underwater turbines compared to the damming of rivers. While power from hydroelectric dams is certainly renewable, it is by no means clean. There are many social ...