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 silicon, a non-metallic semiconductor that is used to make electric currents, there are several significant differences between the various kinds of solar cells. M...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...solar power generation: 10 questions to ask a solar panel installation contractor All about solar batteries for home power storage Choosing between a solar tracker or fixed solar mount Discover more about the Tesla Solar Panel special offer , find out more about solar photovoltaic panels here , or if you're...

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 due to a significant number of variables that would need to be considered . The biggest one being, that to mount standard solar panels on a roof, you need to cove...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...Solar thermal panels in cold climates are at risk of freezing in winter, so in the North, we use a glycol mix as a heat transfer fluid. This prevents 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 thermal heater...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...of PV over solar thermal for Zero Energy Homes: Since the design of this incredibly resiliant Zero Energy house already included PV solar panels, it made more sense to expand the existing system to include domestic hot water heating rather than invest in a separate system of solar thermal panels. On top of that initi...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...Solar House via Wikimedia As you move into the area of active heat-storage systems, one 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. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the Unite...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...of the home design. The software program allows entry of the quantities and types of materials (wood, concrete, insulation, roofing materials, etc.) and returns a carbon impact figure for each building category. As shown below, the impact in terms of carbon emissions varies greatly depending on the material selected....

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 it is minimal as this links to the pool filtration system anyhow if planned and built right.) The downside of solar, especially in more northern areas, is that i...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy efficient retrofits to their homes, such as better insulation, more efficient heating, better windows, solar panels etc EnerGuide evaluations (worth up to $600) and expert advice to homeowners so they can begin to plan their retrofits based on priorities (because while s...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...of doubling as air conditioning in summer. Only in very large or poorly-performing homes will there be high enough heating demand to justify the cost of ground source heat pumps (often called geothermal heating ) or water source heat pumps. What are the different types of heat pumps? Is electric heating expensi...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...of La Martre along the banks of the St. Lawrence river Greenhouse construction: This cold climate greenhouse is 10 x 16 feet, built using a repurposed Tempo Shelter metal frame. All surfaces of the walls and roof are uninsulated and glazed only with polyethylene. The floor is patio stones laid on top of a geotextil...