Types of solar panels / Guides

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...of ways. Types of solar panels There are a variety of types of solar panels on the market today. While the vast majority of solar panels are made from silic...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...of panels is based on the assumptions of very specific energy input. If more light is fed to the panels through a reflector, the temperature variations of the p...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...solar panels and solar shingles or solar roofs Trying to compare the prices of rooftop solar panels to BIPV solar roofs is a bit of an exercise in futility du...

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

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

...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 ...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...panels from freezing but introduces new problems in the summer months when they are at risk of overheating. There are two main types of residential solar ther...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...of the more common types of thermal battery (not that there are a lot of them) is a huge water tank buried in the ground that is heated by solar thermal panels....

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 panels. Solar heating is essentially free (there are some small increases in electricity for the costs of pumping water through larger solar panels, but i...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...solar array and battery backup for your own security of power, but if going 'off-grid' means you need to burn fossil fuels instead of tapping into clean energy ...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...of our country; at high altitudes and further north it is difficult to grow any edibles without a greenhouse. There are two main types of greenhouses to consi...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...ofitting of the existing stock of electrically heated buildings. This would instantly cut annual heating costs by a factor of 3 and offer very attractive paybac...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...often in the colder months of the year, when it meets the cold glass of bedroom windows, as cooling air becomes unable to hold as much moisture, it condenses. ...