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Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...grid from renewable sources, so depending on where you live, some people are automatically using renewable energy. For those in regions with a mix of dirtier fuel sources feeding the grid, there are alternative methods of ‘buying’ green power. US homeowners can reduce their home carbon footprint by purchasing Renewable...

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

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

...off the grid’ and it is a great way for the rest of us to do our bit towards preventing climate change. This sustainable method of producing energy has been even further developed in its ability to power houses! Energy itself cannot be created or destroyed, and every time an individual gets on a bike for whatever pur...

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 failures. With extreme weather events becoming more common, this can be a valuable asset. New smart battery systems can interact with your home electrical appliances t...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...off in Ontario there has to be the infrastructure in place." That's from the CBC, read more here. Quebec is also getting into the game, which is great news for a province that runs on hydroelectric power. Yes, the naysayers are right, a whole lot of land got flooded and a lot of methane gets released from it, but...

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

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...offered by Azelio is so advantageous since this heat (or ‘latent electricity’ if you will) can be stored until needed. Stored power such as this facilitates the greening of electrical grids with cleaner power, by offering a balanced supply. Home solar batteries To date, there is no home power storage solution from ...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...grid-fed power have brought us to the point where setting up a photovoltaic solar panel system for your home makes far more financial sense than even just a few years ago. When thinking about the long-term return on investment, in some cases it can actually be on par or an even more affordable option than what is offer...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...off-the-shelf technologies to ensure that it did not rush the home building industry into high-performance building techniques that were beyond their experience range or comfort levels. A little push of the envelope is a great thing to keep people engaged, but if this program went too far into the off-grid home const...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...off-grid tiny homes used as rental accommodation nestled in the rugged beauty of the bushland of Rakula, a Northern Territory of Australia, close to the town of Litchfield and it's waterfalls. The first is a single level rancher style shipping container home made from one 40 foot long container cut in half and set at...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...off, use of high reflecting landscaping materials, and placing of vegetable gardens. The new house Providing natural light and air was behind the idea of using the three-storey stairwell as a vertical ventilation ‘chimney’ topped with programmable venting skylights. Open concept and/or dynamic partitions allo...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...off from roofs should be moved far from the home. Further resilience is realized if that water is collected and put to good use for irrigation or other greywater uses. None of this should make one feel unprepared if you can’t scratch everything off your list when building. It is intended to offer sensible suggestio...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...offering strong financial incentives for homeowners to produce their own energy. Some of the other provinces seem to be lagging behind, offering artificially low rates and no net metering buy-back plan, rendering home renewable energy production essentially a noble, yet unprofitable undertaking for homeowners. Rega...