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kwlafayette





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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can give you all the links to the Saskatchewan Energy Start retrofit program, but I don't think that would help you.
FascistLibertarian





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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know a person in oakville who is building a house which will be heated by thermal energy. They did the math and figured they would make back their money in 7 years.
Im skeptical. :P
kwlafayette





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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the solar hot/geothermal people are telling me that I will need a conventional source of heat as a backup. Apparently, in a typical geothermal install, they put an electric or gas heater in there, and the solar hot water guy says I will still need a conventional water heater for the winter. I asked about tankless instead. I can get a propane tank brought in, hooked up, and filled for only $1500, and if I am only running a few backup units off it that only come on a few times a year, then it should not cost much at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Propane back up sounds like a good idea.

Very interesting, keep us updated!
kwlafayette





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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just heard on the radio on the way home that natural gas rates are going up 40% here in Sask. Looks like my decision to go geothermal is paying off.
kwlafayette





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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, what do you guys think of spray foam insulation? I know Mike Holmes likes it.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My husband was certified last year to spray residential polyurethaine foam, you don't need to be certified to spray Commercial foam, which is how he started. When we renovate next year I will be using foam, not only as insulation but also as my roof. IMPO this is really neat stuff.

More info on Foam:

http://www.hts-urethanes.com/

Hopefully this will not turn out like Asbestos. FYI Foam also seals the abestos fibers after the asbestos has been removed.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kwlafayette writes:

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Well, it looks like we are going to do it, buy some land and live the acreage lifestyle.


K are you "gulching"? Trying to get off grid, be as totally self sufficient as possible? Looking at acreage myself, some wood stoves can retrofit a water reservoir system that will bring hot water to your taps and showers, I haven't been able to find it myself, not ready to make the move yet so I haven't really tried that hard, but I have been told the technology is available.
kwlafayette





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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I am not going off the grid. I will have power and telephone just like everyone else. I am foregoing the natural gas hookup though, we are getting geothermal for heat.
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