MicroFIT Solar Panel Home Installation

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Over the summer and early fall we wrote about our own experiences with the Ontario MicroFIT program which provides a 20 year contract at a fixed price rate to purchase all of the electricity a household or farm can produce. In our case we were considering installing solar panels on the south-ish facing and the west-south facing roof of our home. We haven't yet proceeded. As of the time this article was written, we had not yet received our conditional contract from the Ontario Power … [Read more...]

Details of a microFIT Solar On Site Assessment

The prior article in this series on our experiences with Ontario's microFIT initiative, we wrote about our experience with one installation vendor's on site solar assessment visit to our home. The purpose of this on site solar assessment was to provide us with the following data to help us determine if from a financial perspective investing in a roof top solar panel installation on our south facing roof would be economically / financially viable: what size of solar roof top installation … [Read more...]

Covering Foundation Wall Crack From The Outside

Foundation Wall Crack

In this continuing series on the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall to prevent any future water leaks, we saw the techniques used to insert the new piece of 3 feet by 4 feet of drywall into the area with only a single vertical piece of wood available from the existing wood frame. Today we go outside. Now, here is the crack on the foundation wall which started it all. Notice that it goes along the vertical edge where the poured concrete foundation wall meets the brick … [Read more...]

Electricity Rates Rising 16% – Electricity Savings Idea Needed

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Last night I heard on several news channels that electricity costs are jumping because electric rates charged by local utilities are going up a staggering 16 per cent in the next month or two. I read it again in this Toronto Star article. It must be real. So upon hearing this news I did two things. First, I submitted my microFIT solar roof top generation project application to the Ontario Power Authority. If you can't be 'em, join 'em. I have written a couple of articles so far (simply … [Read more...]

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 Solar Power Installation – Online Estimate

Our Power Solar Site Potential

Last week we began a new home renovation product. I am referring to our new home solar panel project which for us would be under the Ontario microFIT program. If there is going to be significant enough impact to reduce the need for coal and uranium and even natural gas power plants, mass saturation of the residential market needs to occur for solar and wind energy. Remember, I do not pretend to understand these things. I have no electrical training at all. So, I think I'm like the … [Read more...]

Some Ideas on Improving the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit Program

On Monday of this week, I was approached by a reporter for CBC's The National news program to discuss different aspects of Canada's ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program. Reporter Ron Charles was interested in possible ways the ecoENERGY program could be improved in advance of the Federal Government's Budget, both from my own experience as a Canadian home owner who had participated in the program as well as the experiences from visitors to our site, DailyHomeRenoTips.com. So I invited … [Read more...]

Moen Mirrorscapes Review

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Towards the latter part of last year, DailyHomeRenoTips.com was asked if we wanted to review some products by Moen, the kitchen and bathroom people. Lately, we have become to be approached frequently to try different products. We accept those which we feel are within our area of focus, being home renovation tips or energy conservation tips, and which provide a household with value. As we had renovated all our bathrooms within the past two years, we found that we did not need any products. … [Read more...]

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