Where to put solar panels / Guides

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...to get 20 to 25 years from the system. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels Without getting overly technical, Photovoltaic solar panels essentially convert the ...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...tored heat, so you avoid having to pay the higher rates during peak-hours. MIT Solar House via Wikimedia As you move into the area of active heat-storag...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

...to the passive solar heat gain coming through all of the windows, to the tune of 4,306 kWh/year. Putting these figures together shows that over 31% of the total...

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

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

...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 he...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...to-water heat pump powered by photovoltaic solar panels that extracts heat from the interior air and transfers it to his water heater, from where it is distribu...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid heating systems

...where the floor is toasty warm. The secondary heating system, and the one that I enjoy using much more, is a free-standing wood stove, a Jotul F3CB to be prec...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...to sell. If you were to do that and put two or three tiny houses on it, you might as well press them together to save on building cost and heating. Your new col...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...to include wood stoves. Power is generated onsite by photovoltaic solar panels and wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water h...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...To the southeast is a grassy yard big enough to cover the septic field, and to the east is a parking area with our solar panels tucked onto the north side of th...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...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 ...

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?

...where to go so it sits there, waiting for us to wipe it off and running downwards until it does find a surface to soak into – which is unfortunately where the p...