Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Tankless Water Heater

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 387, Tankless Water Heater. Some claim that these will save you money because they are only heating the water when it is actually used. I agree with this. However, I’m not too sure if overall all models are a good investment. Just read the papers on this one. I do … [Read more...]

microFIT vs RRSP – Is There Not One Definitive Answer?

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No. Well, you asked. :) The past few articles in this microFIT vs RRSP series compared the financial results of investing the cost of our microFIT quote in a microFIT roof mount solar PV installation vs simply investing that money in an RRSP. Andrew from Solsmart was very helpful in validating my earlier analysis and offering other perspectives. And no, we have not signed a contract with anyone. From the previous articles, here are the relevant summarized financial information at the … [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...]

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...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes – Number of Assessors Displaced

On this Earth Day I thought I would write about the implications of a very recent not so environmentally supportive decision by the Federal Government of Canada. Trust. A simple 5 letter word. Yet, for such a simple word it can be hard to obtain. And, when lost, it can be almost impossible to retain. Back on March 31, 2010 it was announced that the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program, the one which provided financial incentives for Canadian households to undertake energy … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes – 3 Year Anniversary – More Data

Yesterday's article saw us review the payouts and estimated savings from each of the first three years of the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program. Today, we review more statistical data on the program's 3 year anniversary. We continue our review using the data provided by Media Relations Assistant | Adjointe aux relations médias  of | de Natural Resources Canada | Resources naturelles Canada, with our sincere thanks. Today we look at data surrounding the type of energy efficiency and / … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 4

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 confused about the first recommendation … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Progress After 30 Months? – 3

Yesterday we wrote about the progress made by Canadian households participating in the ecoENERGY Retrofit program in the number of E & F, or second / follow-up energy audits as well as the average value of the grant payments per household, yet there was a decrease in the marginal savings per house. We continue our review using the data provided by Media Relations Assistant | Adjointe aux relations médias  of | de Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada, with our sincere … [Read more...]

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