Renewable Energy

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

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.


Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 3: Water

By Christopher James Marshall

This is part three 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.


Home Solar Value: Analyzing 15 U.S. Cities

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Discussions about solar value are often limited to avoiding electricity costs, and oftentimes neglect the additional market value that these “mini power plants” can add to your home. EnergySage and Sandia National Laboratories conducted an analysis to estimate solar market values in 15 cities across the United States.


Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 2: Electricity

By Christopher James Marshall

This is Part 2 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 of human history. The author is currently entering the first winter of full-time off-grid living at his mountain homestead after completing the construction of a small house.


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Determine Whether Solar Energy Makes Financial Sense for You

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Does solar energy make financial sense for you? Have a look at these considerations before deciding.


Technological Challenges of Off-Grid Homestead Living, Part 1: Resources

By Christopher James Marshall

This is the first of a series of articles on how I made the transition to off-grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable old-school 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 home.


Understand Solar Financial Benefits with the Solar Panel Payback Period

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you’re reviewing multiple quotes for solar power, there are plenty of metrics that can help you make a decision about which solar option is best for you, but studies show most solar shoppers rely on one metric in particular: the solar panel payback period.


Can I Go Off the Grid with Solar Batteries?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Energy storage technology is moving closer to mass-market adoption. As solar batteries become cheaper and more accessible for homeowners, more people are wondering, “Can I use solar batteries to go off the grid with my solar panel system?”




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

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.

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