Installing solar panels / Guides

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...solar installer so they can measure all of these parameters and give you advice about how best to proceed. Which direction should solar panels face? The most common answer is ‘south’, but there are variables to consider. Depending on how much you rely on solar panels to meet your demand and whether or not you have ...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...Solar Panels Special Offer from Tesla . Are solar panels worth the money? To find out the dollar per kilowatt hour ($/kWh) your PV solar system will cost, divide the total cost of maintaining and installing it by the amount of electricity it will produce over its entire lifetime. Your contractor should offer a tota...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...installing solar panels. Greater market share means costs continue to come down at the same time as technological advances make it more efficient. PV solar panels work on cloudy days as well, but less effectively. Government incentives are sometimes available, but that seems prone to change with littl...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...solar thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar thermal package can make more sense than buying items ‘a la carte’. Viessmann offers two options for pre-engineered solar thermal packages - the Vitosol DHW Solar Pack, or alternative...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...solar power generation (photovoltaic) . New homes can be made 'solar ready' which is very inexpensive, adds value for resale, and is worth LEED points. It is a simple matter of running a normal 4 inch plumbing pipe from your attic to your utility room. By doing so, installing solar panels (thermal or photovoltaic) ...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...solar farm or a windmill, you are already a consumer of renewable energy. Guided by that sort of thinking, from a climate-conscience point of view, it is your local power source that really determines whether you will be reducing your personal emissions by installing solar panels. Installing home battery systems: ...

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

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

...solar 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...

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

...installing some hydronic solar 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 ...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...Installing solar panels in areas of shade, or areas that see a lot of cloudy days will for sure affect the return on investment time, but a lack of sun does not instantly equate to a healthy supply of wind either, at least that's what our engineers reasoned. And more importantly, wind speed at low altitudes has prove...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...installing solar panels and a full retrofit, or simply by composting, growing your own food, and collecting rainwater . Small steps to reduce our impact add up when we encourage others to do so. If you have no sun but your neighbour has a huge sunny lawn, offer to help turn it into a garden for half the yield. Less l...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonney.com If you’ve ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, you already understand solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be generated by the most rudimentary solar collection system is astounding. Check out our DIY so...