New Year’s Resolution – Save Money Through Home Energy Savings

Looking for a New Year's Resolution that you will be motivated to actually keep for a long time? What about resolving to reduce your home's utility bills and save your money? Excessive utility bills is a waste for you and a waste for the environment. It is a waste of your money for you if your home uses more natural gas, home heating oil, electricity and water than you need to. It is a waste for the environment if your home uses more non-renewable resources (natural gas, home heating … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Home Energy Savings Means Saving Money

The issue with many of the energy savings articles and reports are that they focus on generally three topical areas. First, they focus on the cost of energy rising without any useful ways for individuals to offset the rising costs. As if we don't know the cost of electricity, heating oil, etc. goes up and up and up. Second, they focus on new energy saving technologies like the latest and greatest solar panels which most do not understand, cannot afford, and will not save individual … [Read more...]

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