Solar panels on a downtown Sudbury home

Bill Crumplin installed solar panels on the roof of his home near downtown Sudbury.  He has not paid for electricity from the grid since April, 2019.  Here is his “Solar Story.”

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Solar panels on the roof of the farm house help McGrow Farms grow local food

Stuart loves farming, and ecological farming in particular.  He loves being able to provide fresh local food, and employing youth, training them in ecological, sustainable farming methods.  Would you guess that roof top solar panels are one of the things that allow him to sustain and grow his farm?

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Just down the highway, this home has been retrofitted to produce most of its own heat and electricity renewably

Daniel Proulx has lived in his home for 45 years, and has spent the past 30 doing retrofits.  His home now produces most of its own heat and electricity.

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Living in an off-grid straw bale home near Wanup

Pierre Harrison and Susanne Leffler built their own passive design straw bale home near Wanup and have been living there for over 11 years.  “Living in a straw bale house is very calming, relaxing and cozy because the walls block out so much sound. In the winter, the stucco on the walls stores a lot of heat which makes the house very comfortable. All of these nurture a sense of well-being in the house. It also helps that we are in the middle of the forest,” says Pierre.

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Visit a Passive House just east of Sudbury

Bernard Proulx built this Passive House for his son in 2016.  Can you tell by looking at it that there is no furnace and it relies almost entirely on the sun for heating even on the coldest days?  A 2 kw electric fireplace is available for extra heat if needed. 

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Do Passive Houses work in cold winters? Visit Radiance Cohousing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

When I reach Wanda Martin, it is -47 with wind chill, and her Passive House is warm and comfortable.  And she has no gas bill!  Greater Sudbury’s plan to reach net zero carbon emissions aims for all new homes to be Passive Houses by 2030.  Sounds great to me!

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Net Zero Sudbury - be part of the solution

 

 

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