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Blog entries tagged Energy Blog entries tagged Energy http://www.ecoshift.ca Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:58:48 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.3 ecoENERGY Retrofit Program Stops Abruptly http://www.ecoshift.ca/ecoenergy-retrofit-program-stops-abruptly.html <p>Out of the blue, with no forewarning, the ecoENERGY Retrofit program announced that it is no longer accepting pre-retrofit applications as of March 31, 2010.   Where did that come from?</p><br/><p>So what does this mean?</p><br/><p>If you have already booked or had your pre-retrofit audit you can still qualify for grants providing you make the updates to your home and have your follow-up audit by March 31, 2011.  However, for anyone who was planning to have a pre-retrofit audit it seems the federalRead More... Geoff Jones Thu, 01 Apr 2010 19:43:48 +0100 Energy Earth Hour 2010 http://www.ecoshift.ca/earth-hour-2010.html <p>Tomorrow (March 27, 2010) is Earth Hour day, a chance for people around the world to make a statement of support regarding the importance of the health of our planet.  Every hour, people all aroudn the world are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment and our resources. Whether you walk or ride your bike to work, lower the temperature in your house at night,  or hang your laundry out to dry, each little step makes a difference.   Share your story, inspire others and leave a comRead More... Geoff Jones Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:47:59 +0100 General Energy Count Me In Ontario Challenge http://www.ecoshift.ca/count-me-in-ontario-challenge.html <br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>It's on ...!<br/><p>The Count Me In! Community Challenge, taking place between now and August 14, the anniversary of the North American blackout in 2003, is now underway.</p><br/><p>The Count Me In! Community Challenge is comprised of two challenges:</p><br/><br/>The highest percentage drop in electricity consumption on August 14, and <br/>The highest per capita participation in the Count Me In! pledge drive between now and August 14. <br/><br/><p>Results will be announced at the AMO Annual Conference in Ottawa in ARead More... Geoff Jones Wed, 12 Aug 2009 05:00:00 +0100 General Energy Wind Turbine Power Generation Basics http://www.ecoshift.ca/wind-turbine-power-generation-basics.html <br/><p>If you read the papers or keep on top of alternative energy news I’m sure that you have seen at least one article, if not many, in the past months about wind farms and/or wind turbine technology being installed in residential applications or in large scale power generation projects.  Either way, wind turbines are rapidly being installed in many parts of the world to generate clean electricity.  Let’s take a look at the basic principles of Wind Turbines and how they work.</p><br/><p>Overview</pRead More... Geoff Jones Tue, 04 Aug 2009 15:21:33 +0100 Wind Energy Green Roof Overview http://www.ecoshift.ca/green-roof-overview.html <img align="left" width="221" src="http://www.ecoshift.ca/images/71/homes-green-roof.jpg" height="134" />With continued growth and interest in green building technologies, green roofs have been gaining more interest and exposure as a result of the benefits they can provide. A green roof is essentially the roof of a building/structure that has vegetation covering a portion or the entire roof surface. Green roofs can be designed as a part of new buildings or retrofit to existing buildings as well.Read More... Geoff Jones Fri, 03 Jul 2009 00:37:38 +0100 General Energy Solar Domestic Hot Water System Savings http://www.ecoshift.ca/Solar-Domestic-Hot-Water-System-Savings.html <p>There are many reasons that people choose to install Solar Domestic Hot Water systems today, one of them being the environmental benefits, but many people still wonder how much it will save them on their utility bills once it's up and running.&nbsp; Although there is no magic way to come up with an exact number for everyone due to varying factors in each home let's take a quick look.&nbsp; Based on some statistics available today we should be able to get a rough idea of the potential savings.Read More... Geoff Jones Tue, 19 May 2009 05:00:00 +0100 Solar Energy Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff Program http://www.ecoshift.ca/Renewable-Energy-Feed-In-Tariff-Program.html <p>As a result of the Green Energy Act, released in Ontario on Feb. 23, 2009, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has developed a new program call the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff program (FIT or REFIT).&nbsp; The FIT program replaces the previous program known as the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP).&nbsp; Since inception, on Nov. 22, 2006, the RESOP program has exceeded all expectations with over 1,400MW of contracted projects so far.&nbsp; </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The purpose of thRead More... Geoff Jones Sat, 16 May 2009 05:00:00 +0100 Energy Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) Overview http://www.ecoshift.ca/Drain-Water-Heat-Recovery-DWHR-Overview.html <p>&nbsp;</p><p>A Drain Water Heat Recovery system (DWHR) is an energy conservation technology that is designed to reduce the energy required for hot water heating.&nbsp; First let's take a quick look at how a typical hot water heater works.&nbsp; A tank based water heater receives cold water from your well or municipal supply and heats it up to a preset setting (let's say 50C for discussion as temperature settings may vary but are generally in this area).&nbsp; The tank based water heater maintRead More... Geoff Jones Tue, 12 May 2009 05:00:00 +0100 Energy What is a Tankless Hot Water Heater? http://www.ecoshift.ca/What-is-a-Tankless-Hot-Water-Heater.html <p>To understand what an on-demand or tankless hot water heater is valuable to understand the basics of a tank based hot water heater for comparison.</p><br/><p> </p><br/><p>The key difference between the 2 types of systems is that a tankless heater, as the name would imply, doesn't have an actual hot water storage tank.  When hot water is needed within the home an "instantaneous", or "tankless" hot water heater will heat the water "on-demand" as it is needed.  To do this tankless hot water heaters haRead More... Geoff Jones Sat, 09 May 2009 05:00:00 +0100 Energy Solar Domestic Hot Water (SDHW) System Overview http://www.ecoshift.ca/Solar-Domestic-Hot-Water.html <p>The general principle of how a thermal Solar Domestic Hot Water System works is relatively simple.&nbsp; Energy from the sun is typically collected via glazed flat panels (solar) which transfer the sun's energy, in the form of heat to a mixture of distilled water and food-grade propylene glycol.&nbsp; The mixture of propylene glycol with water is necessary to allow for year round application as it resists freezing. As the glycol fluid is heated by the sun's energy&nbsp;this&nbsp;heat is then Read More... Geoff Jones Thu, 07 May 2009 05:00:00 +0100 Solar Energy Geothermal Power Plant Explained http://www.ecoshift.ca/Geothermal-Power-Plant-Explained.html <p align="left">As we have already discussed that geothermal energy can be used for heating/cooling as is often seen in Geothermal Heating systems for residential applications, but, geothermal energy can also be used to generate electricity in large scale electric power plants.&nbsp;&nbsp; We could explain how this works in words but this great video, created by Cal Energy, explains the operation of a Geothermal Power Plant very well.</p><p align="left">Enjoy!</p><p align="center">[video:http://Read More... Geoff Jones Thu, 05 Mar 2009 06:00:00 +0100 Geothermal Energy Hydroelectric Power, A Quick Overview http://www.ecoshift.ca/Hydroelectric-Power-A-Quick-Overview.html About Hydroelectric Energy<br/><p align="left" style="font-weight: normal">Hydroelectric energy is a renewable energy source dependent upon the hydrological cycle of water, which involves evaporation, precipitation and the flow of water due to gravity. Hydro Electricity is not a new technology but is used as a primary source of electricity in many countries in the world such as Canada, the United States, Brazil, China, Russia and Norway.  Based on information and statistics from 2003 there is over Read More... Geoff Jones Fri, 12 Jan 2007 01:00:00 +0100 Energy Geothermal Power, A Quick Overview http://www.ecoshift.ca/Geothermal-Power-A-Quick-Overview.html <p align="left">About Geothermal Energy</p><br/><p align="left">Geothermal energy is basically the generation of electricity or heating/cooling systems that make use of temperatures in the earth itself.  The Earth's core lies approximately 6000 km below the surface and reaches temperatures that near 5000ºC (9000ºF). These extreme temperatures are sufficient to heat the rock that surrounds the core (the mantle) causing it to melt. Melted rock in the mantle is known as magma, as often pictured spewinRead More... Geoff Jones Fri, 15 Dec 2006 01:00:00 +0100 Geothermal Energy Wind Power, A Quick Overview http://www.ecoshift.ca/Wind-Power-A-Quick-Overview.html <p align="left">Wind Energy</p><br/><p align="left">The principle of Wind energy is pretty simple and very similar to hydroelectricity at a high level.  OK, water and wind obviously have some differences but they also have some similarities in this comparison.  Both technologies make use of kinetic energy to generate electricity.  In the case of Wind power it is the kinetic energy of moving air, and for Hydro it is the kinetic energy in moving water that provides the force necessary to generate eleRead More... Geoff Jones Wed, 29 Nov 2006 01:00:00 +0100 Wind Energy LED vs. Incandescent Christmas Lights http://www.ecoshift.ca/LED-vs.-Incandescent-Christmas-Lights.html <p align="left">LED vs. Incandescent Christmas Lights&nbsp;</p><p align="left">It's the time of year again when the neighborhood starts to light up with anticipation and excitement for the Christmas season.&nbsp; We have a yearly tradition which involves driving around the neighborhood looking for the craziest Christmas lights display we can find.&nbsp; You would be amazed at how many houses get the honor of being considered for the Crazy House award.&nbsp; We love the Christmas season and kids Read More... Geoff Jones Wed, 29 Nov 2006 01:00:00 +0100 Energy Bioenergy, A Quick Overview http://www.ecoshift.ca/Bioenergy-A-Quick-Overview.html <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal" align="left">About Bioenergy</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal" align="left">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal" align="left">Bioenergy is produced by the release of chemical energy contained within fuels made from biomass. What is&nbsp;Biomass, you might ask.&nbsp; It is actually the result of solar energy that is stored by the photosynthetic activity of plants. As we know, plants remove CO2&nbsp;(carbon diRead More... Geoff Jones Wed, 29 Nov 2006 01:00:00 +0100 Energy Passive Solar Energy http://www.ecoshift.ca/Passive-Solar-Energy.html What is Passive Solar Energy<br/><p align="left">Passive solar energy is the concept of taking into consideration the effects of natural solar energy during building design to take advantage of daylight, space heating and/or space cooling.  It is called passive solar energy as it does not require special materials, technologies, or systems to convert the solar energy into electricity to then be used for heating, cooling or lighting.   The most common building component used in passive solar energy Read More... Geoff Jones Thu, 23 Nov 2006 01:00:00 +0100 Solar Energy Types of Solar Collectors http://www.ecoshift.ca/Types-of-Solar-Collectors.html <br/><p align="left">Solar Collectors </p><br/><br/><p align="left">Not only are there many different ways that solar energy can be applied, but there are also many different methods for collecting the solar energy from incident radiation.  Below is a listing of some of the more popular types of solar collectors.  </p><br/><br/>Glazed flat-plate solar collectors <br/>Unglazed flat-plate solar collectors <br/>Unglazed perforated plate collectors <br/>Back-pass solar collectors <br/>Concentrating solar collectors <br/>Air baseRead More... Geoff Jones Thu, 23 Nov 2006 01:00:00 +0100 Solar Energy Solar Power, A Quick Overview http://www.ecoshift.ca/Solar-Power-A-Quick-Overview.html <br/><p align="left">Solar Power, A Quick Overview</p><br/><br/><p align="left">Solar power is the transformation of the energy provided by sunlight into electricity.  The resulting electricity is known as Photovoltaic Energy.  Photovoltaic Energy is created through the conversion of sunlight via a photovoltaic (PV) cell, often referred to as a solar cell.  You have probably seen one on a calculator you've used in the past. </p><br/><p align="left">Sunlight is composed of photons, or particles of energy. ThRead More... Geoff Jones Wed, 22 Nov 2006 01:00:00 +0100 Solar Energy