Renewable / Guides

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...renewable energy options all the more difficult. In the last several years, the Ontario government has made it one of their priorities to encourage the green tech industry in Ontario and the development of renewable energy projects across the province. As part of this initiative, they have developed a program which...

The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Wind power

The Zoetrope: Open Source DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design

...renewable energy advocate, Mike Marohn commissioned Applied Sciences to design a small scale wind turbine he could use to provide supplemental water heating. Applied Sciences then decided to make the design widely available to others along with an introduction to wind power, hoping that others might improve the design ...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...renewable and waste energy, creates drinking water from rainwater and treats wastewater onsite. The CIRS building includes a green roof courtyard © Don Erhardt CIRS will be an international centre for research, partnership and action on sustainability issues, including green building design an...

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

Heating with electricity

...renewable generation provided a new record of 742 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in 2018, nearly double the 382 million MWh produced in 2008. Renewables provided 17.6% of electricity generation in the United States in 2018. Nearly 90% of the increase in U.S. renewable electricity between 2008 and 2018 cam...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...renewable energy, that will only increase, making your car a little greener with every windmill that goes up. As resources become more scarce they become more expensive, so there is little doubt that as we move into a future of electrically powered vehicles that the materials in spent batteries will be re-used. Eco...

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

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

...renewable power generation such as having solar panels on your roof . If you live near a windfarm, that's where most of your power comes from. If you live near a solar farm, or a hydroelectric station, same thing, you are powering your home with clean renewable energy. For example, 95% of the power used in Quebec is ...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...renewable energy is desirable, manageable, and applicable for both residential and industrial areas throughout Canada. The CanmetENERGY program, funded and run by Natural Resources Canada , focuses on introducing and developing renewable energy sources both across the country and internationally. Their current projec...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...renewable energy systems . In Canada, Ontario is at the forefront of that movement by 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 ener...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...renewable energy than it uses for materials, production, operation, renovation, and demolition.” In short, a certified Powerhouse stands out from a Passive House or Net Zero home for example, by offsetting the energy costs of operation AND construction. So there is no free ride with ecologically harmful materials tha...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...renewable energy sources. 3. Eat local and get started in urban farming. Buying from food co-ops and shopping at farmers' markets promotes local food production, tastes better, and is better for you. The agricultural industry is a huge consumer of fossil fuels, not just transportation but through pesticide use, fer...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...renewable) Heating costs are 50% lower than an R2000 home Results like we are seeing here go a long way to dispelling the myth that building green homes costs more. And as news spreads of how little it cost to build and how little it costs to operate, we may soon hear of more LEED homes in the Yukon. ...