Solar panels in Canada / Guides

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...ing season earlier. It's also a good idea to include a bypass vent of some kind in the solar air heating panel that can release air in summer to prevent overheating when the panel isn't actively in use - as "cooking" a panel . You could also apply the principles of passive heating and cooling by placing the panel u...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...ing deadline, they did not install the necessary PV solar panels for providing their own power, or they included technologies that weren't improved within the program. However, even homes that weren't approved for the pilot provided helpful insight for fine tuning the program in the future. Ecohome would like to exte...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...ing to shake things up in the housing industry and change the way we build, the building can’t look like something out of the Jetson’s. The intention is to have this home blend in with the neighbourhood, and really the only tell-tale sign of what’s going on inside would be the solar panels on the roof. This passive s...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...ing and storing solar power The latest technologies in Lithium-ion home batteries All about solar panels: how they work Ten questions to ask a solar contractor before singing a contract Off-grid living blog: a homeowner reflects on the design and building process Tesla Solar Roof shingles review Aquion Ener...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...ines contained within it to be able to work out what areas will benefit most from energy efficiency upgrades. But, we always suggest starting with optimizing the insulation for the building envelope, as insulation is the gift that keeps on giving! Home insulation Updating eligible attic/ceiling insulation, exteri...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...ing a swimming pool in an area that gets both sun and which is shielded from the wind is a huge win/win and will be a great help in increasing solar gain while reducing heating requirements and the losses associated leading to higher energy use and costs. 4) Pool color effects the amount of solar gain - so choose col...

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

...ing in the windows. I've taken just enough of a look at the passive solar heating literature to know that this is roughly as high as one should go with passive solar heating in a home unless one is willing to endure unwelcome overheating on warm sunny days in the winter and spring. Even with our place, I am finding t...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...ing on to the various forms of renewable energy, each of which has a negative footprint of some kind. As an example - solar panels need to be fabricated using metal, plastics and certain rare earth metals that are in dwindling supply. Windmills have a similar footprint as they are made mostly of steel, along with fib...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...incorporated. And some components are cutting-edge technology, such as the bifacial solar panels tied into the Ontario government’s FIT [Feed-in Tariff] program . This house is a merging of old and new eco-friendly architectural technologies. First steps Using an integrated design process where all consultants and ...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...installing solar PV in Quebec where our model home is built for a couple of reasons - although if buying and installing one of these affordable prefab eco homes in New York, Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire it starts to look more interesting. To explain: At current rates in March 2020, (although solar pv is regularl...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...instant. update: there is a new solar thermal water heater with overheating protection that is worth looking at if you are exploring solar thermal water heaters. Quebec has very low power rates so there’s less of a financial incentive than in Ontario or other parts of Canada. You can expect to pay likely in the $7,...