Solar power / Guides

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...solar and wind projects cannot be built on residential properties but can be built on commercial properties and farmland not deemed residential. 60% of the manufacturing and/or production process for solar projects must be done in Ontario. For a solar project to be considered “rooftop solar” it must be built on an ...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...solar panels aren’t plucked from trees, they have a carbon footprint of their own, which can vary wildly depending upon where they were are produced and what source feeds the grid in a particular region. Powerhouse Drøbak Montessori Secondary School in Norway © Powerhouse Another way that Powerhouse stands out ...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...solar 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. T...

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...solar panel heating system. How to Insulate and Heat a Tiny House Energy and performance of Ben Hayward's Tiny House R-48+ walls Floors ranging from R-42 to R-120 under the bathroom Triple-pane sliding patio door Photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine will power two hot water tanks for radiant heating and...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...solar panels. But we kind of wanted to bring it down to the basics and just show how little energy a house needs to use. Yes, we could have installed solar panels on top of it, but there’s so little consumption as it is .” Also, added Mike, " utility power in this region comes from hydro sources in Quebec, not coal or ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...power outages. The wood stove combustion is in accordance with EPA requirements limiting the emission of fine particles. *See our how-to installation video of the solar air heated floor that this house will rest on The Wakefield House Solar Air Heated Floor © Ecohome Chosen High Efficiency Heating Brands : ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...power outages. The wood stove combustion is in accordance with EPA requirements limiting the emission of fine particles. *See our how-to installation video of the solar air heated floor that this house will rest on The Wakefield House Solar Air Heated Floor © Ecohome Chosen High Efficiency Heating Brands : ...

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

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

...powered heat pumps save money Heat pumps powered with electricity can heat a house on average about three times more efficiently than other heat sources. And pairing an air source heat pump with a heat pump water heater can further save energy and money. Air source heat pumps are the most cost-effective type of hea...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...power to load pellets. So in the event of an extended power outage, you might get a bit chilly. Solutions to that can be either a dedicated battery backup, or a generator. Or choose an electricity free pellet stove suitable for off-grid heating here . The cost of pellet stoves range from about $1,700 to $3,000, not i...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...power during summer and heating power during winter - which is why using HRV and ERV systems is recommended to reduce energy loss whilst ventilating homes. When there are wildfires in the area though causing a smoky atmosphere, an airtight envelope also helps prevent the infiltration of smoke. Airtightness should be ...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...solar design by offering shade in the summer, yet allowing the sun to pass through in winter for solar heat gain. Preserve natural materials: If you’re building on rich top soil, set it aside and cover it with a tarp for future use. Rocks that come out during excavation can be saved for va...