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Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...heating ) or water source heat pumps. What are the different types of heat pumps? Is electric heating expensive? Depending on local utility rates, yes, it can sometimes be fairly expensive to heat with electricity. The key to heating efficiently with electricity anywhere, is to cut your home heating demand fi...

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

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Solar Electricity: Solar-electric systems located on all three homes will generate electricity to supply their own electricity needs, and sell any excess to local utilities. Passive solar: South facing windows will allow the sun's warmth to passively heat the structural concrete floor in the showhome. Insulatio...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...solar panels, so that should be your starting place. If you reduce the heat loss of a home by 70-80% (which is not that hard to do with a new building), you reduce the amount of panels required for heating by that same amount and suddenly heating a house with an active solar panel system becomes more realistic. Even mo...

Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...Solar Powered Radiant Heating , or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate about which insulation is the greenest here , all from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...solar thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and sat on top of a huge water reservoir that was heated by thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...heating, cooling and building operation than a standard house, the Rainbow Duplex was assembled in 4 ½ days using a prefabricated panelized system manufactured by BC Passive House. A successful passive solar home is designed to absorb as much of the sun’s heat as possible in the winter months, without over heating in...

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

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

...Heating water with PV instead of thermal solar panels: It may seem counterintuitive at first, but there is strong case supporting the use of PV panels for heating water over thermal solar systems, though recent innovations such as Viessman's Vitosol solar thermal water heater has revived that debate. Photovoltaic...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...heating strategies here. A house with 60% of its windows facing south ( passive solar ) may have its heating requirements reduced by as much as 25% for virtually no cost. It is important that it be properly-designed to avoid overheating though, or you will negate any heat savings with air conditioning in the summer. ...

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

...heating elements. We have installed one to provide much of the base load of heating, as well as to ensure that the house would never freeze again regardless of any issues with the electrical system. How to size this new heater? I relied on the boiler company to help make this decision with the original heating syst...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...heating or cooling systems is that a heat pump can actually be configured to do both heating and cooling. The thermodynamic cycle described above can actually be reversed in order to switch it from one function to the other. Instead of taking heat from outside to heat your home on the inside, you can also take heat fro...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

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