Renewable Energy

The best advice on energy efficiency, solar power, wind energy, living off the grid, and more.

Do-It-Yourself Solar Heat Collectors

By Tabitha Alterman

Wouldn't you love to heat your home with free energy from the sun? Here are some simple, inexpensive, do-it-yourself solar projects that can reduce your heating bills.

Use a Solar Calculator to Calculate Renewable Energy Costs

By Megan Moser

A solar calculator gives a cost estimate for a solar set-up based on location, climate and electric bills. Originally published as “Calculate Your Solar Needs Online” in the Feburary/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Sun Farm Network Installs PV Arrays

By Umut Newbury

Learn about Sun Farm Network’s initiative to provide solar power to New Jersey farmers. Originally published as "New Jersey Farms Grow Energy" in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Alternative Energy Answers

By Ken Sheinkopf

Tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements; blower door tests to fix drafty houses; and preventing window condensation.


Can Renewables Compete?

Scott Sklar

If we are going to shift to renewable energy before oil and gas run out, we need to shift taxpayer subsidies from fossil fuels to renewables.

Slash Your Heating Bills

By Paul Scheckel

Making these easy, inexpensive changes will slash your heating bill this winter.

Let's Talk Alternative Energy

By Scott Sklar

Questions about alternative energy are answered by author Scott Sklar.

A Very Good Year for Wind Energy

By Umut Newbury

The American Wind Energy Association is predicting a record-breaking year for wind power.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.