Solar return on investment / Guides

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...onal heat may not be desired.) The earth orbits the sun in an elliptical cycle becoming closest to the sun 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 experience the most intense production of heat. ...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...onal pole if your consumption goes up in the future; it also gives you the option of starting with a smaller system while you work on reducing consumption, with space ready to add panels if necessary. How do you size a solar panel system? Contractors will ask about your consumption and will want to see bills to det...

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, estimates range from 10 to 15 years. The environmental benefits however, are instant. update: there is a new solar thermal water heater with overheating protection th...

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 your demand and whether or not you have batteries to store power will determine the optimum orientation for your panels, and the best direction for you is not nec...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...on of 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. This is not to suggest that the quality and efficiency of solar thermal panels is somehow failing, it’s just that there is a school of t...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...on’t participate in the energy production. Therefore, the actual power produced would likely be much less than this 80% increase. So, overall there is some doubt on our end that this device can actually deliver on its promises and outperform solar panels in most regions of the country. What is the return on investm...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...on on eligibility requirements and information regarding the process of connection. I strongly encourage you to do so. If you have the initial capital for investment, participation in this program will not only help reduce the environmental impact of our province's high proportional energy consumption, but it will al...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...onal energy costs can be significant , and that will continue to grow just as the frequency and severity of extreme heat advisories grows. The environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions from home cooling systems is not limited to carbon emissions from the energy they use. Air conditioners and heat pumps contai...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...on depending on how your regional power supplier rewards you for your contribution, but that does nothing for you in the face of power outages. Prior to Aquion's saltwater battery, the options were limited to lead-acid batteries or lithium ion, but there isn't a big selection of manufacturers that offer lithium ion. ...

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

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

...oney in the long run. See our page all the benefits of efficient home lighting . Additional attic insulation is a great way to save money, but be sure to maintain eaves ventilation © Ecohome Attic insulation: The most crucial place to ensure proper insulation for energy saving and money saving is your roof. O...

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 get to that point in Canada & US can require so much additional capital that the return on investment takes a serious beating. Excuse us for being pragmatic, but ...