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Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...water directly, the requirement of glycol as a heat transfer fluid and the problems that it brings with it are a big part of why you don’t see more such systems in Canada. For more on Solar Water Heaters, read about EcoHome's new concept home with a solar air heated radiant floor that delivers solar heated water in t...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...water recovery systems offer a good return on investment. Tankless water heaters Tankless water heaters © Ecohome Tankless or ‘on demand’ water heaters are small units that fit easily in kitchen and bathroom cabinets . Fed with cold water, these gas or electric heaters give you instant hot water, so you elimi...

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 baseboards 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 as insta...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...Solar Thermal Water Heaters , Solar Air Heaters , and EcoHome's new concept home with a solar air heated radiant floor in the EcoHome Green Building Guides .

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...Solar thermal collection is quite simple; it can be passive solar home design , or solar air heaters or solar thermal water heaters. Heat can easily be stored in thermal mass (also known as a thermal battery ), which is nothing high tech – concrete, water, stone, wood, etc., are all examples of thermal mass. As a gener...

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...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...water; and turn off lights when you leave the house and even when leaving a room. Should I install a solar battery? Solar storage is expensive, and whether or not it’s worth the money depends on your goals. Both grid-connected and off-grid solar setups have their advantages. Off-grid solar allows for energy indep...

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...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...heaters: Electric baseboard heaters have elements that generate heat, which is then distributed through a convection process. Heated air rises through metal fins, while cold air is drawn in through the bottom. Baseboard heaters can be controlled in a zone system, with thermostats in each room. This can help reduce ...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Solar Electricity: Solar-electric systems located on all three homes will generate electricity to supply their own electricity needs, and sell any excess to local utilities. Passive solar: South facing windows will allow the sun's warmth to passively heat the structural concrete floor in the showhome. Insulatio...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...solar panel than someone in Ontario for example. All this is to illustrate that there is not one right answer to the question of 'to be or not to be' someone with photovoltaic solar panels, your own wind turbine, solar heated floors , bike generator , or even a water-wheel! Solar heating - passive & active energy P...