Renewable Energy

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

Does Snow Affect My Solar Panels?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Plenty of homeowners have both solar panels and snow, and some of the most popular regions in the U.S. for solar have snowy winters. Don’t let winter weather discourage you from going solar!


Solar Empowerment: Lights Illuminating Guatemalan Hills and Hearts

By Luke Maguire Armstrong

"Solar Empowerment" is a key component behind an educational development model that does more than trade third-world problems for first-world problems. The Integral Heart Foundation combines education for the poor with environmentalism in a way that bypasses the problems facing our developed world.


My Utility Bill Keeps Increasing: What Are My Solar Options?

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

With rising utility rates, more and more homeowners are considering solar energy for their home. In a number of states, the cost of electricity from rooftop solar panels is the same or cheaper than electricity from the utility. A brief look at historical trends in utility rates across the U.S., is followed by an explanation of the available solar options.


What Is the Environmental Impact of Solar Energy?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

In addition to solar's financial benefits, going solar is also great for the environment. When your solar panels generate electricity, they produce zero emissions.


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Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 5: Heat

By Christopher James Marshall

This is the final article in a series on how I made the transition to off grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years of human history. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small house.


7 Ways to Increase Your Patience and Attention this Holiday Season

By Paul Scheckel

If you fall asleep or can't think straight at holiday gatherings, don't blame it on the turkey (or your relatives)! Research indicates that carbon dioxide is not only a greenhouse gas, but elevated levels of it are detrimental to human health and cognition. Learn how improving your indoor air quality will increase your health and stamina during holidays.


Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 4: Food

By Christopher James Marshall

This is part four in a series of articles on how I made the transition to off grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small house.


Essential Steps to Keep Your Wind Turbine Turning

By James White

So you finally took the leap and installed a home wind turbine. Congratulations! You’ve just taken a big step to make your home energy generation more sustainable and secure, but what comes next? Wind turbines require maintenance and this post will outline some wind turbine maintenance essentials to consider.




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