Renewable Energy

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Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes

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

Solar panels good, coal-fired power plant electricity bad. If only it were that simple to choose. We discuss the best alternatives for producing your own power at home, from solar to wind turbines to generator bikes...… Home Energy Generation, which option is best? How the electrical grid is fed near you will be ...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

Would you exercise for an hour every day if the workout powered your home for twenty-four hours? EcoHome investigates if Bike Generators cut the mustard...… Mitigating climate change at home, get on your bike! As we look for ways to mitigate climate change, improving home energy efficiency and decentralising powe...

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

The flat plate solar thermal collector from Viessmann has a modulating collector to prevent overheating.…   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 ...

All about solar thermal collectors

Choosing the right solar thermal water heater system… What is a solar thermal collector? A photovoltaic (PV) solar collector converts solar radiation into electricity, but a solar thermal collector is much simpler than that. It refers to a device that collects heat directly from solar radiation. That can be as si...

Solar panel reflectors

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

A study showed that reflectors on solar panels can increase their performance by up to 30%… The continuing drop in cost for home solar power generation has led to a dramatic increase in the rate of installations, for both residential and commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even...

Lithium-ion solar home battery

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

How to choose and properly size a solar home battery system… Home battery systems have recently improved in two substantial ways, and the first big improvement is in the batteries themselves. Lithium-ion batteries on the market today are much more robust and functional than the lead-acid batteries we have relied on ...

Dual axis solar tracker

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

What to consider when choosing between a fixed-angle solar mount or one that tracks the sun all day.… When considering home solar power you will first want to: Update your appliances and get your demand down as low as possible. Convert any appliances that you are intending to convert (such as installing heat...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

Not only are they more durable, they are also pliable, lightweight and easily transportable.… Standard solar panels are rigid, relatively heavy and fragile. A new product on the market called Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV) from mPower Technology may change that. The cells in these pliable sheets are ma...

Ssolar air heater

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

Solar air heaters are fairly easy to make or affordable to buy and offer a quick payback.… How solar air heaters work: Solar air heater diagram © Ecohome The above diagram indicates the basic concept of a solar air heater, and while there are many designs, the basic principle is the same - a small fan feed...

Celsius Solar Igloo

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

On display at Igloofest in Montreal, the Celsius solar igloo is an artistic demonstration of solar heating.… A solar igloo at first sounds counterintuitive, but contrast is at the heart of this design concept created by the L. McComber architectural team for Montreal's Igloofest. The solar igloo known as 'Celsius' c...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

The name Tesla inspires visions of fast cars, rocket ships, high speed trains and now home solar roofs. So far they are big on fanfare but short on hard facts.… Tesla is a powerful brand that when riding on its track record of Electric Vehicles needs to do little but step into a market to get glowing accolades. Some...

News

Tesla Solar Panel Special Offer USA September 2019

Solar Panels Special Offer from Tesla in US - September 2019!

Tesla Solar Panels "free" for US clients in September! If you do the math, this Tesla Solar panel rental special offer is actually even better than free - because if you live in the sunnier US states with the highest electricity costs, those solar installations are going to produce more payback than they cost to ...

Tesla solar roof

The Tesla Solar Roof price and release date

The Tesla Solar Roof is available this summer in Canada but it won't be cheap.… Tesla's Solar Roof hit the news last year on the heels of their Powerwall home battery, both of which brought a lot of great attention to home solar power generation. When we first reported on it during that exciting news cycle, there wa...

Cellulose Environmentally Friendly Rigid Foam Insulation Panels

Cellulose rigid foam board insulation - the environmentally-friendly styrofoam replacement?

A new environmentally-friendly rigid foam insulation board made from cellulose nanocrystals is a viable alternative to Styrofoam - according to researchers at WSU… Current rigid foam insulation panel choices It would probably not come as a surprise to many people to hear that fiberglass insulation and rigid foam ...

Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declared by UK Architects

UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

Buildings & Construction play a major part in climate change & biodiversity loss - nearly 40% of CO2 emissions - EcoHome signed the Pledge… Climate change & biodiversity loss are a fact - so what can we do? Climate change & biodiversity loss are the most serious issues we can have a positive impact on by changing...

Advice

How much does a Tesla roof cost?

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

Building a solar air collector for a small office in my Home.

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

Solar air heater

Posted by Nathan Mackay Aug. 7, 2018, 8:26 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

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