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Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...off-peak hours. Even just that has very tangible benefits - by shifting the cooling load to off-peak hours, you take much of the burden off the grid during ti...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...grid-connected and off-grid solar setups have their advantages. Off-grid solar allows for energy independence since you rely on the energy you’ve stored rather ...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...grid, so any surplus power generated will be fed back into the grid system. Conversely, the home will draw from the grid when insufficient power is being suppli...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...off-grid home , or even how to build an off-grid Tiny Home , check out our building guide pages , or use our Edelweiss House as an example of what is possible w...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny ...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...off to upgrade to newer and more efficient appliances. A battery system can also give you the ability to run a grid-tied solar array during grid power failure...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

There is a lot you can do in home construction to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar , which is about home orient...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

This project, affectionately referred to as Belgravia Green, is a collaboration between home owners, local experts and Effect Home Builders . Together they are...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...offset by savings in heating bills. So there is actually more money in your jeans at the end of every month, starting immediately, and tons waiting for you at t...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...offer shading in summer as well as heat in the winter after the leaves have fallen off. Despite the time we spend opening and closing curtains to keep the sun...

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