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Solar Energy in Vancouver can Slash Your Power Bill to Single Digits

Electricity is a vital utility, but it will cost you— the average Canadian household pays about $100 dollars per month for it. For one Surrey resident though, his power bill is a simple $3. How did he do it? Daniel Jennings of OffTheGridNews.com reports on the details:   Hans Wekking of Surrey, British Columbia, pays [...]

August 7th, 2015|

Solar Power in Vancouver: Making the Switch to Sustainable Energy

The mass of solar arrays mounted on the International Space Station (ISS) is as big as a football field. All eight arrays provide the ISS with around 110 kW of solar energy. In contrast, solar panels installed on a typical home generate between 2 kW and 6 kW, depending on the system installed. At least [...]

August 7th, 2015|

How Solar Energy in Vancouver Reduces the City’s Carbon Footprint

In Canada, where efforts are being made to cut down on cities’ carbon footprints, recent developments surrounding coal mining in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia are being compared. Mike Chisholm reports on this for the Vancouver Observer. It may be the industrial heartland of Canada, but Ontario took a major step forward this [...]

August 7th, 2015|

Solar Energy Systems Offer a Bright Return on Investment

With energy prices continuing to increase Canadian Property Management published an article on Solar Energy’s Return on Investment. To read the full article click here.

August 7th, 2015|

BC Hydro Rate Increase Forecast for next 10 Years

It is official - BC Hydro rates are increasing significantly over the next decade. As of April next year there will be an increase of 9%, followed by a further 6% in 2015 and resulting with a total increase of 28% over the next 5 years. To read more on the increased rates click here.

August 7th, 2015|

Quick Self-Assessment: Is Geoexchange Right for You?

It might come as a surprise to you but Geoexchange systems are one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool a home. The system works by utilizing the naturally constant temperature of the earth, or a body of water in combination with a ground source heat pump. Put simply, by using the same [...]

August 7th, 2015|

Quick Self-Assessment: Is Solar Hot Water Right for You?

Did you know that in Canada, hot water is the second highest energy demand in an average household? According to Environment Canada it represents about 25-35% of total energy consumption in BC homes. That’s a lot of hot water! Installing a solar hot water system offers one of the most cost-effective renewable energy solutions to [...]

August 7th, 2015|

Custom Built Dream Home

When John and Colette Van Aerde, from Nanaimo, BC, decided it was time to build their dream home, they hired local developer Emauel Hajek (Emanuel Homes) to help them design and construct their dream house. With a passion for sustainable building practices, the driving force behind the construction of the house came from Hajek’s desire [...]

August 7th, 2015|

BC Hydro to Raise Rates by 26%. Interview with Terratek on Chek News

Following today’s news of BC Hydro’s proposed rate increase of 26% within the next few years, Chek News interviewed Terratek to find out more about alternative energy solutions. For the full story see the attached video here.

August 7th, 2015|

The Sky’s the Limit for Victoria General Hospital Solar Savings

The Victoria General Hospital made excellent use of their solar hot water system this summer. According to the SunReports renewable energy monitor that was installed on the system, theperformance for July 3 shows a production of 583.79 Kilowatt hours (kWhs). This translates into an energy savings big enough to power 23 homes for a day, [...]

August 7th, 2015|