Monthly Archives: January 2016

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29 01, 2016

Comparing Heat Pumps: Finding What Works For You

By | 2016-02-03T09:37:16+00:00 January 29th, 2016|SunPump, Heat Pump|Comments Off on Comparing Heat Pumps: Finding What Works For You

We recently discussed some of the advantages of heat pumps as a means of home heating. We are big fans of heat pumps; for the little amount of energy they consume, they produce a lot of heat. However, even if you've decided that you want a heat pump, there are still plenty of decisions to make. Different types of heat pumps function very differently, and each [...]

28 01, 2016

Solar Power Growth: How Fast Will Solar Grow?

By | 2016-02-25T10:55:51+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Solar, Clean Tech|Comments Off on Solar Power Growth: How Fast Will Solar Grow?

Never before has clean technology and renewable energy been more in the public eye. Whether it's solar, geothermal, wind or tidal, the world is crying out for the true successor to oil and gas to be revealed. Recently we discussed the state of affairs in Germany, where senior government officials declared solar and wind to be the 'clear winners' in the race to be the technology of [...]

27 01, 2016

City Of Vancouver Slashes Cost Of Solar Panel Permits

By | 2016-01-28T11:34:30+00:00 January 27th, 2016|News, Solar, Clean Tech|Comments Off on City Of Vancouver Slashes Cost Of Solar Panel Permits

In a move that will delight Vancouver homeowners and indeed the Vancouver solar industry as a whole, the City of Vancouver has announced policy changes and greatly reduced permit fees that look set to be have a big impact on the cost of installing solar panels in homes. The changes would bring Vancouver into line with other Canadian cities, where fees associated with the cost of solar panel installations [...]

26 01, 2016

Solar And Wind “Clear Winners” Of Technology Race

By | 2016-01-28T11:35:25+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Solar, Clean Tech|Comments Off on Solar And Wind “Clear Winners” Of Technology Race

A common question from homeowners thinking of investing in solar thermal heating systems or solar PV is "where will solar power be in 10 years?". As a whole, the solar industry is going from strength to strength and has been for decades, but some people are still concerned that investing in solar could amount to putting money into a tech bubble that might one day burst. Installing solar [...]

21 01, 2016

Installing Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating

By | 2016-01-25T09:22:50+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Installation, Radiant Floor Heating|Comments Off on Installing Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating

Deciding how to install your radiant floor heating system can be a surprisingly complicated decision. Yesterday we discussed some of the differences between electric and hydronic radiant floor heating, concluding that hydronic systems work best if you want to heat your entire home and maximise comfort without requiring another heat source. With that in mind (and because installing electric radiant floor heating systems is a much simpler task), [...]

20 01, 2016

Electric or Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating?

By | 2016-01-25T09:22:56+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Installation, Radiant Floor Heating|Comments Off on Electric or Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating?

If you've chosen (or are thinking about choosing) radiant floor heating for your home then you're made a wise decision. The next step is to choose what type of radiant heating system you want to install. There are two main options available; electric radiant floor heating and hydronic radiant floor heating. Both are based on the same concept - heating your home from the ground up via a [...]

19 01, 2016

Home Heating: Radiant Floor Heating vs. Forced Air

By | 2016-01-25T09:23:02+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Green Building, Installation|Comments Off on Home Heating: Radiant Floor Heating vs. Forced Air

Comparing home heating systems on paper is not easy. Yes, there are a lot of statistics that will tell you that system X is more efficient that system Y, or that one system needs more maintenance or is not environmentally friendly compared to another. However, what people really care about when it comes to choosing a home heating system is comfort. If a heating system doesn't make [...]

18 01, 2016

Solar Panel Alignment: The East/West Debate

By | 2016-01-25T09:23:09+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Installation, Solar|Comments Off on Solar Panel Alignment: The East/West Debate

The ideal alignment of solar panels on home rooftops has been a non-issue for decades. In the northern hemisphere, the sun shines out of the south, so it was taken as obvious that solar panels should face south in order to maximise exposure to sunlight. In the southern hemisphere, where the sun shines out of the north, the reverse is true, and panels are typically placed on the north side of [...]

13 01, 2016

Return on Investment Tips For Green Upgrades at Home

By | 2016-01-25T09:23:27+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Green Building, Tips|Comments Off on Return on Investment Tips For Green Upgrades at Home

The mantra of 'no (financial) pain, no (environmental) gain' for home green energy improvements is long gone, if it ever existed at all. Today, people who want a more environmentally friendly home want to save money at the same time. Indeed, these positions are two sides of the same coin; a greener home is a more energy efficient home, and less wasted energy means cheaper bills. [...]

12 01, 2016

Can You Really Catch Legionnaires Disease At Home?

By | 2016-03-12T23:44:59+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Health|Comments Off on Can You Really Catch Legionnaires Disease At Home?

Legionnaire's disease is a nasty illness. Symptoms include fever, chills, a bad cough, muscle aches and headache, making Legionnaire's disease similar to a bad case of pneumonia. The illness is caused by inhaling droplets of water containing the legionella bacteria, which lives in warm, stagnant aquatic environments. For most people in the developed world, this means that legionella lives in water tanks and air conditioning systems containing stagnant water that [...]

11 01, 2016

Heat Pumps: The Efficient, Green Home Heating Option

By | 2016-01-25T09:23:51+00:00 January 11th, 2016|Green Building|Comments Off on Heat Pumps: The Efficient, Green Home Heating Option

Beyond reliability, the ideal home heating system in the 21st Century will be as efficient (and therefore as cost-effective) and as environmentally friendly as possible. Simply put, more and more homeowners want their homes to be heated without the expense and negative environmental effects of traditional oil and gas fuelled systems. As this move away from oil and gas in North America - and indeed throughout the world [...]

8 01, 2016

Radiant Floor Heating: Comfort and Efficiency

By | 2016-01-25T09:23:56+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Radiant Floor Heating, Comfort|Comments Off on Radiant Floor Heating: Comfort and Efficiency

Radiant floor heating has been around in some form or another since as early as 5,000 BC, when Korean and Chinese neolithic people would draw hot air from fires through trenches dug in the ground. We know all about Roman Hypocaust underfloor heating, a fascinatingly modern looking system that pumped hot air underneath the floors of wealthy Roman citizens and in Roman bathhouses. In more recent times, [...]

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