Renewable Energy

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

The Global Shift to Renewable Energy

By Lester R. Brown

Here's good news about the global shift to renewable energy that finally has begun.

Climate Stewardship Act and the Future of Climate Change

By Lindsey Hodel

Though the Climate Stewardship Act failed to pass in Congress, John McCain is confident the future has good things in store for climate change.

Heat Your Home With Biodiesel

By Greg Pahl

Heating your home with dirty fossil fuels in an oil furnace? Learn how to heat your home with biodiesel. This winter, add some biodiesel for a cleaner, greener burn.

Save Money With a Solar Hot Water System

By Greg Pahl

Greg Pahl explains how you can save money using a solar hot water system for your homestead, includes solar shopping tips, types of solar heaters and real-life solar applications. Originally published as "Save With Solar Hot Water" October November 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


A History of Solar Water Heating

By Greg Pahl

Greg Pahl shares a history of solar water heating, including when the first solar water heater was patented, when solar heating hit the mainstream market and the downfall and resurgence of the solar industry.

Renewable Energy Systems: The Home Power Magazine

By Laurie Guevara-Stone

The Home Power Magazine covers detailed renewable energy systems using sun, wind and water, includes reviews of energy efficient appliances and a directory of renewable energy businesses.

Installing a Solar Photovoltaic System

By Laurie Guevara-Stone

Laurie Guevara-Stone shares the story of a family who were able to keep their modern-day comforts while installing a solar photovoltaic system to save on electricity costs. Originally published as "A Simple Solar Solution" August/September 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

A Solar Electric System Saves Cash

By Rusty Haynes and Lindsey Hodel

Rusty Haynes and Lindsey Hodel discuss how a solar electric system saves cash, includes information on solar rebates and incentives, tax breaks and solar solutions.

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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.