Renewable Energy

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

Can’t Put Solar on Your Roof? Consider One of These Creative Uses

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

There are a variety of alternative solar options for every situation. If you can’t install rooftop solar, there’s a solution available that can suit your needs.

The Best Batteries for Your Off-Grid Battery Bank

By Allan Sindelar

This advice will help you choose the best battery for backup energy on your off-grid homestead.

Grid-Tied vs. Off-Grid Solar: Which is Right for You?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

One of the biggest decisions solar shoppers have to make is whether to install a standard grid-tied solar energy system, a solar battery backup, or a fully off-grid solar energy system. Here’s everything that you should keep in mind when making your choice.

Dual-Mode Hot-Water System Heated with Solar and Wood

By Christopher James Marshall

Here’s a DIY, year-round hot water system that switches between solar hot water in summer and woodstove-heated water in winter.


How to Cut the Costs of Going Solar

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Over the past few years, the cost of installing solar has fallen dramatically. Today, there are a growing number of financing options and incentives that will help you cut costs even further so you can enjoy all of the benefits of solar.

Community Solar: How to go Solar Without Rooftop Panels

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Solar adoption is surging across the U.S., and it isn’t just limited to rooftop solar. The newest innovation in the solar industry: community solar, which offers many of the benefits of a home solar energy system without the need to install solar panels on your roof.

Buying Solar Panels? Check Out These Free Tools

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

Learn more about what it's like to have residential solar panels.

The Most Important Warranties for Your Solar Installation

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Solar energy systems come with multiple warranties that apply to different parts of the installation, and trying to keep track of them all can get confusing. Here’s a simple guide to the different warranties for your solar energy system, and which ones you should really pay attention to.

Crowd at Seven Springs MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR


Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!