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Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

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

...Powerpod will be a game changer in home renewable energy generation - which we are all for if this were to prove itself. Are small domestic wind turbines any good? The makers of the PowerPod compact domestic wind turbine on Kickstarter claim that "for places that get less than 300 days of sun a year, a PowerPod cou...

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 house, a 96-square-foot structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs” and a 300-watt solar powered electrical system. This semester, his class went one better, ...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...Powerhouse solar shingles in review: DOW Powerhouse solar shingles from RGS Energy After a short stint in the market, Dow Chemical Powerhouse shingles folded up their tent, but made a recent comeback under a new license holder; RGS Energy. The Dow Powerhouse design was a thin-film copper indium gallium selenide...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...Powerwall battery to the market there was similar fanfare, yet it didn't come close to meeting the expectations of the brand or even match the performance of existing batteries and shortly afterwards it was quietly discontinued. It has since been replaced by the higher capacity Powerwall 2 . What we like about Tesla'...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...power generation, or thermal solar where liquid passing through tubes collects heat to be redistributed through your house. According to NASA, every day the sun provides the earth with 10,000 times the total energy consumed by humans. A passive solar house is simply one that has been designed to take advantage of tha...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...power was 'wasted' than expected, as excess power cannot be saved if it is not used and the batteries are full. I am putting together a system to use some of that excess power and will write about it once it is up and running. Needless to say, this puts our actual energy usage for the year at 15,200 kWh, much less th...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...power generation). The remaining 25% of required energy would be provided via a gasoline-powered generator. Collecting and purifying rainwater The most crucial prerequisite to designing a successful autonomous home water system is to reduce consumption. For example, this house includes a toilet that consumes on...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...generation projects. The FIT program (Feed-In-Tariff) pays you a nice sum for power you generate privately. After your needs are met, any surplus power you generate gets fed into the power grid, and you will get paid a very respectable rate. If you lack the funds to get set up, leasing programs are available. Details h...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...power two hot water tanks for radiant heating and domestic hot water Walls, as well as floors, will be heated with radiant tubing Read more here about Portable Wind Generators and Micro Power Generation . Ben installing the radiant floor and radiant wall heating system of his Tiny House The grid of plyw...

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

...power generation or thermal solar for heat collection. Both are complicated systems that will likely include some moving parts that will eventually, without fail.... fail. Passive solar design on the other hand is simply common sense. Just figure out where the sun is, and point your windows at it. You can pick up a l...

LED filament bulbs

All about LED filament bulbs

...Power at Home? Future-Proof Building Techniques for a Changing Climate Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here . Sources: LED Inside: the next generation of filament bulbs Arron Birkland Green Building Advisor