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cutting edge, cutting back: eco-solar home tour highlights latest energy-saving innovations - in a heat pump

by:HICOOL     2019-09-03
cutting edge, cutting back: eco-solar home tour highlights latest energy-saving innovations  -  in a heat pump
According to the organizers of Edmonton's annual eco conference, the answer is yes.
A solar home tour in and around Edmonton on Saturday and Sunday.
"This is an 18-year tour," said Andrew Mills, president of eco-park. Solar Tour.
"It started in 2000, when some people who had just attended a big solar conference said, 'How do we keep that enthusiasm, so they put this tour together, show people what's actually happening.
Another interesting thing about this tour is that the Edmund people, especially, share their ideas.
I have always been surprised by this.
Mills added: "There are 18 different energy-saving locations to visit for this year's Tour, not just solar panels.
He pointed out that a variety of energy-saving technologies and ideas will be presented, including the concept of reducing carbon footprint, ways to improve insulation and efficient landscaping.
One of the highlights of the tour is website 3, a networkzero-
Energy apartment building under construction, south of Westmount, next to the first network in Canadazero-energy church. Net-zero-
On average, energy buildings generate as much energy each year as they consume.
The apartment building will eventually contain 16 networks.
Zero energy units, built as affordable housing for immigrant families, will provide the country's first network
There is no affordable housing, Mills said.
At Site 8, the Evans Dale Community Alliance added more solar energy to one of the first major solar projects
Solar system installed in the community hall.
The investment is expected to pay for their electricity bills over the next 30 years, and they will celebrate on Saturday, including an electric vehicle exhibition showing their enhanced solar system.
But this tour is not just big-Building scale.
Multiple orders
Family homes of different ecology
Friendly options show that energy saving is no longer just for those with deep pockets.
"It is moving into possible areas from the rich, where more people can afford it," Mills said . ".
"What we're really excited about is that we actually see the internet --zero-
In Edmonton, the price of energy housing is no more than that of ordinary housing.
You can get energy efficiency and solar energy, which will offset your energy usage every year
In a house worth less than $400,000.
So all the discussions.
Zero is too expensive. those barriers have been broken.
Mills points out that landmark housing is one of the home builders who provide a network in the Tour
Zero housing at roughly the same price as other new homes in their respective neighborhoods.
Maple Garden in land Plaza (site 12)
Among other features are solar panels and inverters, air-to-air heat pumps with smart plumbing systems, waste heat recovery from drainage and three-layer glass windows.
Other examples are the trio of Prince Charles. site 6)
A thin home in Windsor Parksite 10).
"What we're talking about is that energy efficiency is contagious.
"If you can see it, you can walk away and say, 'This is not hard, I think I can do that too, '" Mills said '. ".
"This is a real proof of what we have been trying to do over the years.
It's not far from the normal building.
This has always been our goal.
"In 2011, Greg Caldwell moved into his home in southeast Edmonton in charleworth, improving energy efficiency (
Tour site 14)
He did some small energy-saving renovation of the house built in 2006.
He changed the LED lights, upgraded the led TV, and installed efficient appliances.
He recently replaced his electric range with a gas plant, but that's what happened.
So why is Caldwell so eager to welcome interested tourists to his home?
5 KW micro-thermal electricity in Japan (mCHP)
As part of the test, the unit is installed in the home of Caldwell to learn more about the system
Designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Will work in Canadian living environment.
The technology was established in Japan, but its application in North America is not common.
As a senior manager of research and innovation in the ATCO pipeline and liquid global business unit, Caldwell seized the opportunity to try the department.
"The goal of my house renovation test is to understand the installation and operation of mCHP, and more importantly, Caldwell said:" See if emissions reduction and savings can be achieved while still using natural gas . " He noted that mCHP generates heat and electricity from natural gas.
"This is the first time in Canada to install one of them," Caldwell added, noting that since then, ATCO has installed another one at a mixed test field near the red deer.
"We show our stand-alone mCHP installation, mCHP and solar hybrid installation, and what you will see during the tour.
Also, when using the technology online,
Zero structure, homeowners need less solar power than typical networks
Zero homes, we have much less net emissions of home power and heat than other full power gridszero versions.
"Due to the mCHP units installed outdoors, Caldwell's greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by about, similar to household air conditioning.
But Caldwell said that if solar energy is added, or if there are other energy-saving modifications, the solar energy will exceed the 50 he achieved.
But the benefits do not stop.
"If the power grid goes out, we can keep the house running properly because the natural gas system doesn't go out of power at the same time.
Overall, it is much more reliable. "Said Caldwell.
"The unit is constantly generating electricity, so we are able to provide this power to the home, but it requires a little different installation and a very small battery pack.
In addition, the unit is adjusted according to the electricity demand of the family
It can be set to produce what you need.
"The cost of the unit is less than $10,000, and if anyone is interested in adding the technology to their own home, Caldwell says he will help them find the right direction.
"Just through the mCHP unit remodel, we have determined that in every home where these devices are installed in Alberta, emissions can be reduced by at least 30 per year," Caldwell said . ".
"For the dollars invested in this mCHP transformation, I know that no other technology can achieve these reductions.
"Eco-solar journey" 201718 edition of the annual eco-tour
This weekend, on Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4, a solar home tour showed the 18 most efficient families in Edmonton.
Nine sites are open on Saturday and nine others are open on Sunday.
Tours are free and there is no need to advanceregister. Edmonton-Area Eco-
Solar Home details: 18 locations in Edmonton, Devon, Fort Sarawak, St.
Albert and tomahawk.
The viewing time is generally from noon to 4 p. m.
Although some sites may be open earlier at 10. m.
Tickets are not required.
Not just the family: the Evansdale Community Alliance will hold the family Solar Day celebration on June 3, featuring children's games, food and electric vehicles, showcasing their upgraded solar system.
Also in June 3, the NAIT alternative energy lab will be open to those seeking to learn more about how energy-saving technologies work.
Bike version: a bike version tour will be held on Saturday, June 3, and it does need to be advanced
Sign up.
Register online this year: a free lucky draw for Nest smart thermostat, search IR camera, Sustainival pass and solar phone charger.
Every time visitors visit a family on a tour, they can enter the winning competition.
For more information: exact location, specific time and other details of each site of the ecosystem
Solar Home tours can be found at www. ecosolar.
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