Solar return on investment / Guides

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...on the winter solstice resulting in the greater solar irradiance (the amount of solar radiation striking a surface). For this reason, solar thermal panels can e...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...ons to ask an installer before signing any contracts: Is there financing for solar panels? Buying a solar energy system can yield an impressive return on in...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...on should solar panels face? The most common answer is ‘south’, but there are variables to consider. Depending on how much you rely on solar panels to meet yo...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...return on your investment if you use it primarily as a heat source. How long it takes to pay for itself depends on your consumption and where you live, estimate...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...on the market are very efficient now, their PV ‘competition’ in the solar industry is outpacing thermal solar advances and affecting the return on investment. T...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...on process for solar projects must be done in Ontario. For a solar project to be considered “rooftop solar” it must be built on an existing permanent building...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...on a staple of the residential construction industry. Good things we hear about the Aquion saltwater battery: Aquion hasn't been on the market long enough t...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...on of money. Check to see if there is the ability to screw on an aerator; if your taps are so old that you can't get one on, then you are a prime candidate for ...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...on is the maximum energy consumption of 15kWh per square metre per year in operation. There are some success stories with Passive House certification, but to ge...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...onstruction as well as renovations, is basements being built wrong. Like....REALLY wrong! Before you allow a contractor to do basement renovations in a way that...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...on of the planet, like the sun, like the rain, like the gravity, like the wind, the condensation, the convection, all of the natural phenomenon of the planet ar...