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Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...heater or cottage water heater, you would see more benefits by adjusting the angle accordingly. Generally, in Canada 45° - 60° degrees is considered the best overall angle for solar thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar therm...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...solar-thermal panels that can be used for water heating and space heating. A thermal solar collector in a warm climate can have water running through its panels, but in cold climates we use glycol to prevent panels from freezing. Evacuated tube solar collector diagram Are solar thermal collectors efficient? ...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...water heaters Combination hot water tank and boiler Combination solar water heater and boiler Geothermal heat pumps Hydronic radiators and baseboard heaters will transfer heat in the same way as electric resistant heat sources. So for comparison shopping, efficiency of heat generation isn't as much an issue a...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...water feeds. Insulating your hot water pipes prevents heat loss, but also means less time you will need to wait for the hot water to arrive. While you’re at it, don’t forget to do your cold pipes as well to avoid water damage from condensation . Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonne...

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

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

...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 systems...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...water heat exchanger for heating the hot water tank instead. What this adds up to is Energy savings; ideal for Passive Solar Homes , ZNE, PNE, LEED & Passive House projects . Passive Solar radiant air-heated floor slab on grade form kit ductwork © Ecohome Generating solar domestic hot water when heating is not ...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Solar thermal heating and solar water heaters This refers to using solar panels to absorb heat in a liquid (mix of glycol and water) and redistribute it throughout the house, through radiators or radiant floor heat. A system can work to heat your home, as well as pre-heating your domestic hot water. It can ea...

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

...Solar Covers for Pools? A liquid solar cover is a microscopically thin layer of alcohol that sits on top of the water of a pool. This layer reduces water evaporation which is a major cause of water heat loss and there are liquid solar covers which have been FDA and EPA approved to use in swimming pools. Some have als...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...water tank, allowing excess daytime heat to be used for domestic hot water use or released into the slab floor to balance temperatures through the night. Being considered for the future is the addition of a phase change thermal battery that will work in conjunction with the air-to-water heat pump, which can store app...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...thermal-solar air heaters, which are less risky (and less expensive) than thermal-solar hydronic heaters. Insulating air tubes near the heater box output to better distribute heat © Ecohome Can radiant floor heating provide all the necessary heat for a home? In theory, yes, but it ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...thermal mass and greater extraction of heat from its exhaust, a masonry stove can reduce wood consumption by as much as 2/3rds compared to a conventional wood stove. Solar thermal panels powered by photovoltaics: pumps and fans for hydronic solar panels (liquid) or air solar thermal panels or even air solar heated fl...