microFIT On Site Roof Top Solar Assessment

South Facing Roof Around Mid-Morning

In our new series on determining if the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) microFIT was financial viable within our personal risk tolerance for our house's roof, we detailed the OurPower online solar site assessment. This solar site assessment indicated we could anticipate, under normal amount of sun light for the Greater Toronto Area, about a 9 year financial payback (i.e, about 9 years for us to receive sufficient revenue under the microFIT program to pay for the entire estimated solar … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 8

Energy Audit Report Page 2 Wind Power

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Yesterday, we left off reviewing some of the items within the … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Product and Installation Summary

Solar Max 240 Cover Comes Off 1

Last fall, we wrote about our evaluation, purchase and installation of the CanSolair Solar Max 240 solar air heater. Solar air heaters are products which use the direct sun light to generate heat for the home, cottage or any type of building. As they generate heat, the only form of energy they consume is a minor amount of electricity to run the internal fan to take the cool air from inside the home, push it out to the solar air heater on the south facing wall or roof, cause it to  be … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Summer Unit Coverage

Solar Max 240 Installed

Last fall we wrote about the purpose and the installation of our solar air collector / heater from Cansolair, the Solar Max 240. Here is the link to the first article in our solar air heating series. During our solar air, not water, heating articles last fall we were asked more than once what to do with the unit during the summer. Here you can see it installed on the right side of the south facing wall of our basement walkout. The question was regarding how one typically doesn't … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 17 – Interior Installation Continues

Ceiling Duct Vent And Cover

In Part 16, we had finished with the exterior installation of our new solar air collector. With this accomplished, we could now work on finishing the installation on the inside of the house for the Cansolair Solar Max 240. This began with the connection of the temperature line which originated from inside the unit that was passed through the blower assembly unit through our use of the speaker wire and out on the inside of the blower assembly unit. So,  the temperature wire was … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 13 – Bigger is Better

Solar Max 240 Inside

In Part 12 we completed illustrating how we extended the blower duct to meet the additional thickness our the basement wall in our home. Today we want to discuss the Solar Max 240 brackets. Now, the size of the Solar Max 240 is approximately 4 feet wide by 7 feet high by between 6 and 9 inches deep, as shown below resting on its side inside our basement. The mounting brackets provided by the manufacturer (sorry but I never took a picture of the brackets individually) in our opinion … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 7 – The Unit Itself

Solar Max Uncrating

In Part 6 we showed you the components of the box that was shipped along with the Cansolair Solar Max 240. Today we look more closely at the unit itself. As we have shown previously the unit is shipped in a plywood crate for protection. In the above picture you can see Bennett starting to remove the top cover. Look at the unit with the top crate cover now removed in the picture below where we see all all of those recycled beverage containers, even through the removable plastic … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 4 – Solar Max 240 vs SolarSheat Conclusion

Solar Max Crated

In Part 3 we started our comparison between the Solar Max 240 and SolarSheat. Today we conclude the analysis we used to select the Solar Max 240. The SolarSheat comes with a built-in solar panel to drive the unit's fan which pulls cool air from the house / building into the unit to be heated by the sun and then back out the unit once heated to return to the house / building. This is a little more environmentally friendly (and a little savings on your electric bill) when compared to the Solar … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 3 – Solar Max 240 vs SolarSheat

In Part 2 of this series on solar air heating, we reviewed how each property needs to be evaluated on it's own to determine if a solar heating collection will receive sufficient direct sun light and gave as an example our situation. Today we would like to review why we chose the Cansolair Solar Max 240. First, we know our limitations. While there are numerous DIY sites on how different people built there own, I have neither the time (I do have a day job after all; plus a web site; plus a … [Read more...]

Reno Projects

DreamScreens Installed French Doors

We write about our many home renovation and energy conservation efforts as well as new products or services we try. In many cases our efforts results in five or more articles which constitute a project, with one article leading to the next. Find the project(s) of interest below and select the link to its first article. We continually add more projects as we work on them in our home. Energy Conservation: And, remember to amble over to SavingsGrid.com, with hundreds of money saving … [Read more...]

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