Energy is expensive here in Ontario! Electricity costs a lot more than in BC and we can’t get natural gas out in the country. Both our furnace and hot water tank are powered by propane. In an attempt to keep our bills lower and to be good stewards of energy, we are using as much solar power as we can. We had considered having a solar electric generating system installed but, for several reasons, found it wouldn’t be feasible for us. But we did have a solar water heating system installed this past week.
Some people have said that we won’t save much with this system while others that we have spoken to or have read what they wrote say that this is the most efficient and cost-effective way to use the sun’s energy in the house. We will have to wait and see, always hoping that the sun will shine!
Also, we have asked the company that installed the hot water system to give us a quote on a solar powered pumping system to get water out of our dug out in the fields at the back (Farm Water and Farm water overflowing!)
Finally, one of the most pleasant surprises of living in this house is how much the sun warms it on sunny days. True, we have not yet had any cold weather to speak of but even on cooler, sunny days we have not used the furnace or wood stove to heat the house until later in the day. The sun coming through the south-east and south-west facing windows has warmed the house to about 22 degree C and kept it there for most of the day.