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18 04, 2016

3 Ways Solar Thermal Heating Makes Money

By | 2016-04-18T12:21:03+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Home Heating, Solar Heating|Comments Off on 3 Ways Solar Thermal Heating Makes Money

Saving the environment one rooftop solar panel at a time sounds great, but really homeowners are just as concerned with how their renewable energy system will save or make them money (or both!). Solar energy - both solar PV for electricity and solar thermal heating - make for great ways to achieve both of these goals, offering homeowners excellent financial incentives and rewards while helping the environment. Installing solar thermal [...]

14 04, 2016

Energy Efficiency And Big Savings At Home

By | 2016-04-14T12:11:56+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Home Heating, Energy Efficiency|Comments Off on Energy Efficiency And Big Savings At Home

Are you satisfied with your home's energy efficiency? If the answer is no, then according to a Demand Institute study, you are actually a part of the majority. Their survey of over 10,000 homeowners offers a comprehensive overview of what homeowners want from their homes, as well as what they are unsatisfied with. Topping of the list of things homeowners were unsatisfied with was their homes' energy efficiency. [...]

13 04, 2016

Affordable Solar Now A Reality

By | 2016-04-13T11:51:15+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Green Building, SunPump, Solar Heating, Toll Brothers|Comments Off on Affordable Solar Now A Reality

It's always interesting to see not only how, but why businesses go green or make the move towards solar and other renewable energy sources. If the business in question is a construction company, the transition becomes even more interesting and important, because a construction company's decision to be more conscious of the environment has the potential to have a huge impact on the homes they build, and [...]

12 04, 2016

Energuide Rating System and Home Heating

By | 2016-04-12T11:23:10+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Home Heating, Canada|Comments Off on Energuide Rating System and Home Heating

Many of you may already be familiar with Canada's Energuide rating system for homes. It's essentially a government operated rating system that determines how energy efficient your home is. It's a great resource, and something that is still probably underused by homeowners here in Canada. Back in my home country of Ireland, we have a similar evaluation system, albeit with one major change; if you're [...]

11 04, 2016

Heating Decisions When Building A Home

By | 2016-04-11T13:34:09+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Installation, Radiant Floor Heating, Home Heating, Solar Heating|Comments Off on Heating Decisions When Building A Home

Whether you are a D.I.Y. genius or someone tends to hire a whole team of construction workers to do the work for you, when building a home there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. You're likely to have a strict budget and short timeframe for getting everything finished. And yet somehow, even when you thoroughly plan for every eventuality, obstacles and challenges will still spring [...]

8 04, 2016

A Global Renewable Energy Grid By 2050

By | 2016-04-08T12:17:05+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Solar, Clean Tech|Comments Off on A Global Renewable Energy Grid By 2050

Yesterday we took a look at the history of solar thermal energy, so for the sake of symmetry today we will be looking into the future (or should I say one possible future) of clean energy. The possible future in question is the brainchild of Liu Zhenya, chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). China is after getting a habit for thinking big when it comes to [...]

7 04, 2016

A Brief History of Solar Thermal Heating

By | 2016-04-07T12:10:51+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Home Heating, Solar Heating|Comments Off on A Brief History of Solar Thermal Heating

Today I will be taking a look back through history to look at the origins, development and current state of affairs of solar thermal heating technology. History is somewhat of a passion of mine - there is just so much to be gained from examining the past - so I was very excited to write about this topic. However, when doing research online, I found that there [...]

6 04, 2016

Why Solar Is Beating Oil And Gas

By | 2016-04-06T13:16:37+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Solar, Clean Tech, Solar Heating|Comments Off on Why Solar Is Beating Oil And Gas

Over the last number of years, the price of oil and gas has dropped steadily worldwide. From the perspective of solar and renewable energy, the easy assumption to make here is that cheaper fossil fuel prices would harm the development of solar power. Yet this has not been the case. Investment in solar and other renewable energy sources has never been higher, and more solar [...]

5 04, 2016

Save On Carbon Tax With Efficient Home Heating

By | 2016-04-05T11:49:46+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Home Heating, Solar Heating|Comments Off on Save On Carbon Tax With Efficient Home Heating

Here in British Columbia, greenhouse gas (GHG) and carbon emissions are taken quite seriously. As we have written about in the past, Vancouver aims to be the greenest city in the world by 2020 and use 100% renewable energy by 2050. Recently, a group of 140 B.C. businesses came together to argue in favour of raising B.C.'s carbon tax. The proposed increase (up $10 per tonne [...]

4 04, 2016

What Makes SunPump Different?

By | 2016-04-04T12:32:15+00:00 April 4th, 2016|SunPump, Solar, Solar Heating|Comments Off on What Makes SunPump Different?

When I started writing this morning, my intention was to present a slightly more technical, close-up look at what solar PV and solar thermal systems are and how they function. The idea was to split solar down the middle, to give a description of solar PV and solar thermal and finish with a section describing how the SunPump fits in and what it offers. However, after [...]

31 03, 2016

Net Zero Homes And The Advantage Of Choice

By | 2016-03-31T13:16:42+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Net Zero|Comments Off on Net Zero Homes And The Advantage Of Choice

When you think of super efficient, super green homes, the two terms that come to mind are Passive House and Net Zero homes. Of these two, passive house builds are unquestionably the more popular choice in terms of the number of homes constructed. It's hard to say why this is exactly, but part of the reason may be that the passive house 'movement' has been [...]

30 03, 2016

Big Oil Email Leaks Shows Bribery and Corruption

By | 2016-03-30T13:13:41+00:00 March 30th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Big Oil Email Leaks Shows Bribery and Corruption

We don't really like to talk about big oil and gas directly on the Solar Blog. We're interested in renewable energy, green energy, clean tech and how that all ties in to efficient home heating systems. Our opinion is that oil and gas are slowly but surely edging their way off centre stage, and that there's just no need to go around shouting about it [...]