Category: In The News

Easy Efficiency

As hard as it is to think about, summer’s end is fast approaching.  I’ve been trying to ignore this fact, but I think it’s time to face reality.  This means that soon, especially for us Canadians, we’ll be spending a lot less time basking in the sun, and a lot more time indoors.

What better way to look at this grim, non-summer filled future than from an efficiency standpoint.  Although household efficiency is still a big issue in summertime (think air-conditioning), it’s the winter months where it usually holds the most importance.

Now winter is a quite a ways off, and I apologize for even mentioning it, but now is a good a time as any to prepare yourself for the coming seasons.  Luckily for us, the folks at Green Building Elementshave a nice little article detailing some cheap and easy ways to monitor and improve your own household efficiency.

Give it a quick read, and don’t forget to get out there and enjoy what is left of summer.…

Some Assembly Required?

Could the IKEA concept of “offering a wide range of well designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them” be expanded to include solar and wind energy?

With IKEA plugging into solar power for almost all of its U.S. buildings, could IKEA-brand solar panels for your home be far behind? Of, course some assembly would be required. And there would be an Allen wrench.

Just thinking.…

Wind Matters from the Canadian Wind Energy Association

BC continues to invest in wind power. The government has approved a new development in northeastern BC. The Tumbler Ridge Wind Energy project, a new development in northeastern BC, will generate enough power to provide electricity for up to 18,000 homes. There will be 50 wind turbines installed.

In Nova Scotia the COMFIT program continues to support locally-based renewable energy projects. The program is part of the province’s 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan. The province has approved five new projects.

  • two 800-kilowatt wind projects in Barney’s River, Pictou Co., owned by Northumberland Wind Field.
  • a four-megawatt wind project in Barrachois, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and a 2.3-megawatt wind project in Gaetz Brook, Halifax Regional Municipality, owned by Wind4all Communities.
  • a 50-kilowatt wind project on the campus of Université Ste-Anne in Church Point, Digby Co.
  • a 4.8-megawatt project in Kemptown, Colchester Co., owned by Affinity Renewables, a not-for-profit organization owned by the Nova Scotia SPCA.
  • a 1.99-megawatt project in Marion Bridge, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, owned by Celtic Current.

And Health Canada has extended its public comment period on the proposed research design and methodology for its study on wind turbine noise and health. September 7 is the new deadline for comments. The study, which will be done in collaboration with Statistics Canada, will be focused on 2,000 homes selected from 8-12 wind turbine installation facilities in Canada. Researchers will interview residents and measure noise levels inside and outside of each home.…

Solar Stations and Electric Cars

How long has it been since I’ve done a post on electric cars?  Too long I’d say.  Luckily, CleanTechnica has me covered with an article on not only electric cars, but also solar energy.

The topic is solar charging stations.  These stations would be primarily to charge electric cars, but could also provide emergency power for small homes and business.

It’s always great to see two types of energy working together so well.  As more and more electric cars are developed, the use of solar energy as a fuel source seems a perfect fit.

So have a look and read up on this double dose of green tech.…

Eighth Edition, Our Petroleum Challenge

This latest edition includes comprehensive updates to a range of industry facts and figures, along with brand new content and a completely redesigned look that makes the book even simpler to read. Reviewed by professionals in all areas of the oil and gas industry along with related government regulators, the eighth edition of Our Petroleum Challenge is current, comprehensive and, most importantly, readable.

As a primer textbook on the oil and gas industry, Our Petroleum Challenge is ideal for anyone who wants to learn about the complex chain of companies, technologies and processes that transform Canada’s oil and gas resources into the energy products that fuel our lives.

We recognize that the oil and gas industry is a technical and often literally distant industry that can seem inaccessible even while issues like oil sands development and hydraulic fracturing make daily news. That’s why we believe accessible energy knowledge is essential for all Canadians, from business people working alongside the oil and gas industry to teachers engaged in lifelong learning to students planning a career in energy.

It’s the only book you really need.…

Benefits of Gas Line Installation in Calgary

gad-line-installationThere are a lot of benefits you can get from, whether it would be for a restaurant, your home, or for a personal appliance like a barbecue, a stove, or a garage heater, it serves its purpose by providing people with a good amount of natural elements for everyday use.

Gas is used for a lot of things, but mainly these are used to heat people’s houses, or used to cook food. Installation may have its difficulties, but once done correctly gas can be a huge benefit around the house.

Here are some benefits of having a gas line installed to your home:


  • Never go empty – Of course in every day life it is normal for material things with content to run out, sometimes gas has to be purchased and can be very expensive, which is why the number 1 benefit of having a gas line installed in your home, means you will never have to run out of gas ever again. Now you can cook up a barbecue, prepare a nice steak, actually cook anything you want, and also have your home provided with heat whenever winter comes along. You will never have to worry about going empty ever again.


  • It is cost efficient – having a gas line installed can be a lot cheaper than having to refill you gas tank every 1 or 3 weeks. If you do not have the patience to do this yourself, you can always ask a professional to do the work for you and still not pay for too much after they have installed it. You can enjoy all the benefits of having your own gas line and without any worry of having to spend too much for installation.


  • It’s clean – Another beautiful benefit of having a gas line installed in your home or business, is the fact that it is not messy, It is much more reliable than having to refill your gas tanks, and it is very cost effective. When the word clean is mentioned about gas, it means that it is not too toxic, unlike other types of gas that can be very harmful when inhaled, especially when you encounter a leak in your home and there is no ventilation, you can get very sick and suffer a lot of hazardous health issues. Having a gas line installed will most definitely be a lot safer.


  • You can connect it anywhere – When you have a gas line installed, you can easily have a plumber extend your gas lines around the house so you can use it at your convenience. Of course provided that you always know the proper way to turn off your gas, this will be a good way to divide your work evenly. If you can manage to do this yourself, always make sure that when you install the gas line, there are no leaks present in your installation, as this may end up to very serious injuries.


  • It’s safer – having a gas line installed, will genuinely be a lot safer than having to refill your gas tanks 2 -4 times a week, it will avoid you from encountering any dangerous leaks that you may encounter when refilling your gas tanks.