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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?

...power generation is something we can do to reduce our personal energy consumption and carbon footprint. Theoretically then moving towards home solar , wind power and even bicycle generators can make for a more efficient home, as you rely less on grid-fed power. Even in the greenest province or state with renewable en...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...generation patterns), enabling them to store power more appropriately to ensure that you never run out. This is very important when using battery systems with solar arrays, because the inverters in a solar array system require power to begin making power, regardless of whether they are tied to the grid or not. Smart ...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...power solutions. And there is no shortage of potential sources - such as tidal power generators , wave generators, and water-main turbines that can generate power under your feet while you stroll down a sloped road. Water main hydroelectric power generating turbine from Lucid Energy How do you know if your elec...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...power generation is resilience and personal security by being able to run the systems of your home in the case of grid failure. That brings us to the elephant in the room - storing power affordably, safely, and with limited environmental impact. Feeding power back into the grid can be something of an effective 'stora...

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

Hydronic heating

...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) is a s...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...power generation makes a lot of sense. There is a product emerging that is supposed to offer the same power generation as conventional PV panels, and attach directly to the roof trusses, eliminating the need for sheathing and roofing materials. By replacing sheeting and roof coverings, this potentially offers a net...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...generation in the United States in 2018. Nearly 90% of the increase in U.S. renewable electricity between 2008 and 2018 came from wind and solar generation. Wind generation rose from 55 million MWh in 2008 to 275 million MWh in 2018 (6.5% of total electricity generation), exceeded only by conventional hydroelectric a...

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

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...power generation and here see post 4 all about off-grid heating systems In years past, the mechanical systems and appliances within off-grid homes looked quite different from typical grid-tied homes. Electricity generation was extremely difficult and expensive at the home scale, so there was much less electrification...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...power generation, carries its own water, has a full kitchen and bathroom, but is also capable of plugging into the grid at an RV Park if need be. The Tacks are currently running their home on 100% solar power and loving it. This is not an entirely common lifestyle, but Chris and Malissa are by no means alone. The Tin...

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

...generation. Energy efficiency: When you rely on an array of solar 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 ...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...power generated, power used, generator run time, battery temperature. These daily reminders tell me how the system is functioning, and I know that if I fail to receive one, that there is a problem with either the power or internet systems. -Increase the amount of solar panels. During the first winter, the generator w...