Renewable Energy

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





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7/27/2015
The advantages of combining wind and solar go beyond system performance and floating batteries – it’s an enhancement to the off-grid lifestyle as a whole.
7/21/2015
You can save a lot of money when you use solar energy. But where do those savings come from, and how do you keep track of them? We’ll show you just how much you can save with solar energy.
7/20/2015
Australian Prime Minister wants to cut back on funding being sent to wind farms. He also wants to cut funding to solar and hydropower projects.
7/20/2015
Until we get electric or solar-run heavy equipment, here's a few tips on how to use less fuel when operating your equipment around the farm or construction site.
7/9/2015
Tesla is developing batteries for home power storage that may solve the challenges presented by the irregular nature of wind and solar energy.
7/9/2015
Solar radiation is the most prolific source of energy on our planet. For a small investment and a little know-how you can harness this power and make fuel-free meals.
7/2/2015
Hydropower is the world’s leading form of renewable energy, accounting for more than 16 percent of global electricity generation. But dam enthusiasts who tout hydro’s climate credentials may not like the news about its emissions numbers.
6/17/2015
Imagine being able to turn dead tree branches from your own property into motor fuel. Make power just about anywhere, at any time...for free. Sounds futuristic, right? Fuel your back-up electrical generator with wood gas and save a trip to town. Learn build tricks from a pro for a reliable system on a DIY budget.
6/12/2015
The cost of solar panels, installation and system maintenance have fallen, making the prospect of solar affordable and appealing to both homeowners and businesses. But as residential and commercial solar installation surges, utility companies who have grown accustomed to large market share are pushing back.
5/27/2015
Transformation of the electricity sector may be able to be delayed by wasting billions of federal tax dollars on unnecessary meters, and large long-distance transmission lines, but it cannot be stopped. It may be a politically rocky transition for the foreseeable future, but I am confident America will certainly achieve energy independence and clean energy abundance.
5/26/2015
The previous entry provided a run-through of the basic wind turbine terms. Here, we’ll cover the tower, the unsung hero of small wind turbine energy production.
5/21/2015
The previous installment focused on the benefits of small wind turbines for homeowners who are grid-tied, off-grid, or have battery backup systems. In this short episode, we’ll go over the main terminology associated with small wind turbines.
5/11/2015
In our first installment, we covered the basics of electricity generation and the process by which a wind turbine creates power. This time, we’ll look at the benefits of adding a wind turbine as a source of clean power for your home.
4/24/2015
In this blog series, we look at how a small wind turbine works, while exploring the concept of the smart home microgrid.
4/10/2015
Energy ambassadors: convergence of energy and culture.
4/3/2015
Energy Ambassadors: Travels to Cuba and Vermont.
3/27/2015
Visit Vermont with my Cuban friend Mario as we explore renewable energy, energy efficiency, cultural exchange, and lunch.
3/5/2015
You can digest food waste to produce a burnable gas (biogas), to produce high quality fertilizer, and to fight climate change. Learn how.
3/5/2015
The fourth in a series of postings about my visit to Cuba with a delegation of energy industry professionals, and a Cuban colleague’s visit to Vermont where I developed a similar tour. Along the way we learned about efficiency and renewables, and some striking contrasts between ourselves and our countries were revealed.
2/17/2015
The third in a series of weekly postings about my visit to Cuba with a delegation of energy industry professionals, and a Cuban colleague’s visit to Vermont where I developed a similar tour. Along the way we learned about efficiency and renewables, and some striking contrasts between ourselves and our countries were revealed.
2/9/2015
The second post in a series of weekly postings about my visit to Cuba with a delegation of energy industry professionals, and a Cuban colleague’s visit to Vermont where I developed a similar tour. Along the way we learned about efficiency and renewables, and some striking contrasts between ourselves and our countries were revealed.
1/29/2015
The first in a series of weekly postings about my visit to Cuba with a delegation of energy industry professionals, and a Cuban colleague’s visit to Vermont for a similar tour. Along the way we learned about efficiency and renewables, and some striking contrasts between ourselves and our countries were revealed.
1/14/2015
In this blog post we describe the choices we made in producing and editing our film, "Life Off Grid."
12/18/2014
With photovoltaic (PV) panel technology you can tap into the amazing world of free totally renewable energy from the sun. You generally cannot find a better more reliable source of power on the planet that solar. In our book you will find that a DIY on grid/off grid system is very affordable and a wise choice for almost everyone.
12/16/2014
What do holidays, indoor air quality and global warming have in common?
12/15/2014
Learn about three consumer-driven green energy trends for 2015 that will have a direct impact on our pocketbooks in the coming year, including net-zero energy homes, electric vehicles, and green energy production.
12/2/2014
With a little bit of planning and DIY know-how, it is possible to thumb your nose at old-man winter and enjoy biogas in subzero temperatures.
11/18/2014
International non-profit biogas professionals and their projects.
11/15/2014
This initial blog post tells the story of how Phillip Vannini became interested in off-grid living and how he began — together with Jonathan Taggart — to do research on the off-grid lifestyle in Canada.
11/13/2014
There are two things that are true about biogas. The first is that biogas wants to happen. It wants to happen like plants want to grow, like fire wants to burn. And that force, that will to happen, has (at least) those two aspects: life, like the plants; and chemistry, like the fire.
11/6/2014
The new home for Friends School of Portland will be only the third school in the United States to achieve Passive House certification.
10/30/2014
Did you know that you're going to have to make your digester either much larger or much warmer, if you expect to do practical biogas in the US? Well, here's that story...
10/22/2014
Renewable energy's ugly duckling comes of age.
10/14/2014
This article does not get into home biogas gas yields or what biogas can be used for, but it is a basic introduction to the five necessary conditions for how to make biogas at home to get you started.
10/6/2014
Temperature is central to biogas production, and warmer is better. Much better. So if biogas is not a hot topic, it should be.
10/2/2014
Sun Light and Power, a solar installation co signed a deal with SolED to offer Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) in the State of California. This will help public or government buildings get these deals and save tax monies.
9/19/2014
Summing up: How much food waste makes how much biogas to power what functions around the farmstead?
9/17/2014
Doug and Jennie Ostgaard designed and built a photovoltaic system for their home, a project they was completed in six months. DIY photovoltaic solar has many benefits, and they outline a few of them here.
9/12/2014
Save your spare pocket change for energy efficiency upgrades, and intimidating up-front costs will quickly become affordable.
9/5/2014
Wasting food in the U.S., making biogas, and using food waste to do it ... (Let's not waste all that wasted food!).
9/4/2014
There’s a gold mine out back of your local restaurant in the form of wasted food. Learn to think like an ecologist and discover how nature turns “waste” into useable, renewable energy.
8/20/2014
Transportation in the U.S. is responsible for high levels of carbon emissions. Simply by changing habits and adopting more eco-friendly methods of getting from A to B will help both the environment and overall health.
8/20/2014
Learn about one couple's ongoing effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
8/11/2014
Biomass grass crops can be established on marginal lands and processed as a fuel replacement for heating oil or propane
7/28/2014
We are currently facing a job crisis. Most jobs available today require specific skills and not college diplomas. Congress recently passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which should help train workers but fails to take note of the booming green job market.
7/22/2014
Congress passed a piece of legislation which could have a serious impact on the nation's job crisis. This post explains the act, analyzes its impact, and notes that the whole renewable job sector has been pretty much ignored.
7/18/2014
Why the cost of utilities won’t be drastically affected by renewable energy sources.
7/5/2014
The Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, proposed on June 2, 2014, by the Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan not only limits our carbon pollution but also injects life back into our domestic workforce.
7/3/2014
Declare energy independence this Independence Day, 2014
7/3/2014
Build your own wind generator for use with 12-Volt systems. Charge up batteries for lighting, fans, tools and more.
6/9/2014
Going solar in developing countries, especially in communities that lack access to electricity, is a completely different experience. Here the 3 main reasons why solar is taking off abroad.
6/9/2014
The following post summarizes Chapter 7 of the book "Let It Shine The 6000 Year Story of Solar Energy."
4/14/2014
With over 2 million devices recycled, plus it's hitting the USA by storm, ecoATM is poised to make an environmental difference with market driven economics.
4/7/2014
Utility companies and solar power companies are vying for customers' business. See how that affects you.
4/4/2014
60 years ago scientists at Bell Laboratories developed the first solar cell capable of converting enough sunlight into electricity for practical uses. Their discovery is the greatest breakthrough in the 6000-year history of solar energy, and the sire to today's solar revolution. Let's celebrate!
3/31/2014
To see how much solar heat could be trapped by glass, Horace de Saussure, in 1767 built a solar hot box that consisted of several glass sheets covering an insulated box. Solar heat accumulated in the solar hot box, reaching temperatures far above the boiling point of water
3/24/2014
Going solar at home will save you both money and energy. See why it's the future for renewable energy in residential areas.
3/14/2014
1.3 billion people live without access to electricity. In the last five years, falling costs of solar technology have made solar economically viable without subsidies for off-grid communities. How can businesses keep up with this potential solar growth? Hint: it’s all about the customer.
3/14/2014
How does induction cooking work? What are the pros and cons? Efficient electric cooking or hidden health risk?
3/7/2014
Small changes to your lifestyle, such as switching to a water-saving shower head, can result in an environmentally friendly life.
3/5/2014
Faith leaders urge Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline project in order to curb carbon emissions and protect God’s Creation.
2/25/2014
High efficiency air source heat pumps are proving their worth for cold climate heating and cooling.
2/24/2014
The invention of clear window glass allowed the ancient Romans to trap solar energy to enhance their gardening techniques to grow vegetables out of season and exotic non-native plants in Rome. A thousand years later, empire builders in Europe rediscovered the trapping of solar heat with clear window glass so they as well could enjoy the foreign plants in their own back yard and grow native vegetables throughout the year.
2/11/2014
For many people, going green seems like a daunting task, but in reality, a few simple lifestyle changes is all you need.
1/27/2014
Tips for solar advocates to invest money smartly and be part of the growing solar market
1/22/2014
Chinese archaeologists have recently found the oldest solar device – a bronze concave mirror – capable of almost instantaneously making fire from sunlight.
1/17/2014
But what happens if progress in poverty’s eradication far-outpaces green energy solutions? Two of the most important issues of our century — clean energy and poverty eradication - are potentially mutually exclusive, if development efforts do not factor in increased consumption that will occur.
1/14/2014
Nothing lasts forever, let's do the math.
1/10/2014
Alternative energy has become a hot topic in recent years as we try and work towards more sustainable resources. Whether we'll get there or not remains to be seen.
1/6/2014
When writing his great work On Architecture, Rome’s greatest solar architect Vitruvius emphasized proper solar orientation for buildings and bath houses.
1/3/2014
Outside of a few rare equipment failures, we’ve never had a power outage in the past 20 years that wasn’t our own fault — usually caused by not paying attention to power use or proper battery charging. Weather failures, on the other hand, are starting to become noticeable.
12/19/2013
The sun provides us with enough clean energy that if ever effectively harnessed, we might never need any other form again. Sadly, we are only able to harness a fraction of it's potential. Fortunately, we are making great progress to get where we want to be.
12/17/2013
Here are three of the season’s brightest and cleanest gifts for a greener holiday celebration.
12/11/2013
Never in the history of the world has there been such a high-ranking member of society to advocate passive solar design than Socrates. He felt so strongly for building with the sun in mind that he even set up a class to teach his acolytes how the finer points of putting up a passive solar house.
11/29/2013
As the importance of solar architecture grew, the southern aspect took on great stature in Chinese life. Ancient wisdom associated the south with fire and warmth, while the north came to be synonymous with winter and somberness. The Emperor facing south therefore shuns darkness and embraces enlightenment to govern. The Chinese to this day prefer a southern orientation for housing.
11/22/2013
Solar lights replacing kerosene lamps in developing countries do more than solve energy poverty, they are also helping curb climate change by reducing black carbon emissions.
11/6/2013
Learn how to evaluate your own home for solar potential with four easy steps!
11/5/2013
Team Austria wins the Solar Decathlon 2013 for building the most energy-efficient, cost-effective and most attractive solar-powered house.
11/5/2013
Get all the benefits of a soapstone stove with only a portion of the cost.
11/5/2013
A do-it-yourself portable solar cart allows us to have solar power without removing trees from the yard. We can also take it away from the home site and move it indoors before storms.
10/25/2013
Let It Shine by John Perlin highlights the context in which solar energy developments have occurred and the people who have made the solar revolution possible, revealing a whole new group of unknown technological pioneers, as well as people famous for other accomplishments never before known for their work as the solar advocates and technologists they were.
10/24/2013
It’s a small Honda industrial generator with Inverter and GFCI Technology.
10/15/2013
Popular Mechanics gives Breakthrough Award to new zero-emission electric mower from Cub Cadet.
10/3/2013
Renewable energy accounts for nearly 50 percent of added capacity in US in 2012.
9/24/2013
The Bureau of Land Management has approved construction of a California geothermal plant that will generate enough energy for 36,000 homes.
9/12/2013
Skylight scoops are the latest design in skylights which help save more energy and enhance a building’s environment.
9/12/2013
The documentary film “Beyond Off-Grid” is nearing completion and includes a dozen specialists across the United States living self-reliant lifestyles.
9/3/2013
Admirals Bank opens Renewable Energy Lending Business Development Center in San Francisco.
8/30/2013
Our efforts to improve energy efficiency in the United States might be faltering.
8/28/2013
Finalist in national science competition partners with “green” city to endorse sustainable energy.
7/15/2013
Admirals Alternatives make it easier to obtain renewable energy systems for your home.
7/11/2013
On sunny days it delivers about a half a megawatt of electricity to the biodiesel plant, while providing strategic shade to plants below. Energy is produced above as farmers harvest below in a genuine double cropping scenario.
7/5/2013
The “Remote Community Renewable Energy Partnership” exceeds Obama’s goal for supporting clean energy development in small native villages.
7/5/2013
New standards for Energy Star refrigerators and freezers will reduce energy consumption and include “connected” features.
6/6/2013
University of Maine leads the United States in clean-energy technology, thanks to the development of a grid-connected wind turbine off the coast of Maine.
5/28/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
5/23/2013
In a recent study, researchers found that watching videos about wind farm-related illnesses made participants claim the same symptons.
5/9/2013
Nokero International has been awarded the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s ‘Patents for Humanity’ award.
5/9/2013
Find out what it takes to build an ethanol fuel plant, including sourcing feedstock.
5/3/2013
A three-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
4/30/2013
KOR Water has announced the reusable Nava filtering water bottle.
4/1/2013
Tonight when you get home from work or school, call your utility company and ask what incentives they have for you to get an energy audit for your home. Many utilities have been offering free energy audits for years, but very few people have actually taken advantage.
3/29/2013
As America’s fuel use continues to decrease, proposed solutions such as the Keystone XL pipeline and food-to-fuel conversions may be unnecessary.
3/22/2013
South Dakota and Alaska electric cooperatives received the award for 2012 Wind Cooperatives of the Year.
3/20/2013
Wind turbines within two miles of residential areas can hurt the property values of homes.
3/20/2013
Rain gardens provide many benefits including filtering out pollutants and keeping runoff out of city storm sewers.
3/19/2013
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows significant lapses in nuclear power plant safety.  
3/18/2013
A mapping and assessment by the Electric Power Research Institute found that the U.S. hydrokinetic waterpower resources could provide 3 percent of the nation’s annual electricity use.
3/15/2013
Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Wind power accounted for at least 10 percent of electricity generation in seven other states. Across the United States, wind power continues to strengthen its case as a serious energy source.
3/13/2013
A report from economic analyst Mark Cooper shows that continuing nuclear power projects in the Southeast will only produce billions of dollars in excess costs.  
3/7/2013
How new technologies, such as home automation are making Earth more eco-friendly.   
3/6/2013
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 100 percent of the electric generating capacity added in January was renewable.
2/18/2013
It's about seven unique way's you can use your iPhone to be more energy efficient.
2/18/2013
Despite utility opposition, key policy drives rapid expansion of rooftop solar.
2/18/2013
San Francisco may become be the second city after Seattle to join a growing movement to divest from the companies driving the climate crisis.    
2/15/2013
For rural Solomon Island villages reliant on kerosene lamps, a solar power project was just the thing to light their way.
2/12/2013
Dan Brandborg founded Sunelco to harvest another of Montana's abundant resources: open sky.
2/12/2013
For those wanting to know basic fundamentals of PV systems and arrays, here are a few solar panel facts.
1/24/2013
In this renewable energy update from 1983, the U.S. Committee for Energy Awareness launches a pro-nuclear power campaign, ads mislead viewers about nuclear waste disposal safety, increased production of solar power cells is predicted, a weatherization program to save energy and create jobs is launched, record photovoltaic power plants are  built, and electricity prices increase. Originally published as "Energy Flashes" in the July/August 1983 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.  
1/17/2013
Solar power systems require only a few parts, and can provide you with an emergency power supply during a power outage. 
1/8/2013
The energy news stories covered in this installment of a continuing feature include a report on the Department of Energy's Solar Index and the rising popularity of co-generation as a hedge against electricity blackouts.
12/28/2012
The affect federal subsidies have had on advancing geothermal power development and "fat energy"—the amount of energy required to maintain obese Americans at their excess weight—are among the energy news stories covered in this ongoing feature.
12/18/2012
Wind turbines kills birds, but not as many as are killed by tall buildings and other hazards.
12/14/2012
World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built.
12/12/2012
This installment of an ongoing energy news feature includes stories about the instant flow water heater and inquiries into the potential of peat fuel.
12/4/2012
A new design for folding bicycles and a home weatherization initiative in Pennsylvania are two of over a stores covered in this installment of an ongoing energy news feature.
11/29/2012
In support of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Nov. 19, 2012, 10 small business-led projects to speed solar energy innovation from the lab to the marketplace.
11/20/2012
Conventional generators require gasoline or diesel fuel, which can be expensive -- especially during emergencies. Also, the emissions from gas-powered generators contribute to air pollution. Solar generators are a smart alternative to consider.
11/19/2012
This installment of a regular energy news feature covers five stories, including a man who built a methane generator and a man who opened an alternative energy store.
11/14/2012
Schools offering classes in wind generator design, mass produced solar components, and the energy efficiency benefits of heat pumps are among the energy news stories reported in this installment of an ongoing series.
11/8/2012
A report on one man's design for a solar kitchen and one company's plans to offer a range of alternative energy products are among the topics covered in this installment of an ongoing energy news feature.
11/7/2012
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Nov. 7, 2012, a lease for commercial wind energy development 11 nautical miles off the coast of Delaware.
11/7/2012
The Solar Foundation found a 13 percent increase in U.S. solar industry jobs in 2012, which is promising for the overall job market, and shows stability in the solar energy job market.
10/31/2012
Solar Energy International is offering a free online course as an introduction to renewable energy. You will not walk away an expert, but will have learned the basics of renewable energy and be able to decide which technologies are right for you.
10/30/2012
Find out whether a wood pellet stove is right for you, and discover the best stove to buy.
10/30/2012
A 2012 survey by Northeast Group LLC was published in October, claiming 95 percent of U.S. cities that have tried LED streetlights are satisfied with the results, saving nearly 60 percent in costs.
10/28/2012
Fed up with the noise, fumes, and cost of their gas-powered generator, a California family in California's Tehachapi mountains achieved energy self-sufficiency with a wind and solar power system.
10/25/2012
The U.S. Department of Energy released a set of pumpkin-carving stencils celebrating Halloween through alternative energy.
10/23/2012
The Obama Administration releases its plans for new renewable energy sources.  Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explains that the new solar energy zones span six states and keep both domestic energy and environmental preservation in mind. If completed, the power generated from these solar energy zones would provide electricity to roughly seven-million homes.  
10/19/2012
The North American Solar Stores (NASS) network announces their nationally recognized solar store brand to meet the solar energy demands of today's alternative energy-aware consumers.
10/18/2012
New technology achieves 80 percent energy efficiency during the coffee roasting process.
10/16/2012
For people who never outgrew the fun of playing with flowing water, making small hydroelectric turbines is a passion.
10/11/2012
Kingtec K25Z-4 will not only cut the spiralling out of control energy demand from the power-hungry air-conditioning unit of the world but it can also cut a struggling families electric bill significantly.
10/11/2012
Conergy Projects Group has broken ground on a 725 kw photovoltaic system for T&P Farms out of Arbuckle, Calif.
9/19/2012
Does 100 mpg fuel economy justify cross-country recreational travel? Maybe so and maybe not, but I need to be careful—increasing fuel efficiency can increase fuel consumption if you increase your driving, too.
9/17/2012
Solar expert Joe Utasi hopes to have his home solar panel installation complete and running, and will have lots of pictures to show and discuss by the time the Seven Springs Fair arrives.
9/4/2012
Beautiful night time display of spinning colors in downtown Ann Arbor vividly demonstrates possibilities of wind energy.
8/9/2012
Try to get clean water and wanting simple bottling options with the purity. Most of the experts in water say you need a countertop water filtration system. Which one is the way to go? This story shows you one option but seems to be kicking it up.
6/26/2012
Receives SRCC OG300 certification on 41 system configurations for residential solar water heating systems.
6/9/2012
Within alternative energy, wind and solar get all the media attention, all the glamour. Yet both suffer from intermittency, from the problem that their power sources wax and wane. By contrast, geothermal draws on heat from deep below the earth to provide reliable base load power 24 hours a day.
4/23/2012
Yellow Pages is making its website more appealing and enticing to customers.
4/22/2012
In 1979, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS staffer attended a workshop on methane production sponsored by New Life Farm's Rural Gasification Project.
4/16/2012
A collection of short news items addressing energy-related topics, including atomic waste storage, energy efficient homes, small scale hydroelectric power, and more.
4/9/2012
Tinkerer and MOTHER EARTH NEWS researcher Clarence Goosen has created a functioning still with a six inch column that produces as much as ten times more fuel than his original three inch design.
4/4/2012
Cam recently spoke to a Transition group about the challenges ahead and how to prepare for them.
3/28/2012
A lot of people have been asking us what incentives are still in place for 2012. The answer: All of them. While there were a few changes in 2011, the majority of programs that will impact the average homeowner remain the same. Here is an overview...
3/23/2012
Sometimes being off grid doesn't necessarily mean that you're green.
3/21/2012
Cam & Michelle recently enjoyed a visit from an ethnographer who is studying off-gridders.
1/31/2012
Companies launch demonstration site to illustrate the consumer and utility benefits of a BMW electric vehicle in a Smart Energy Home powered by Tendril Connect(TM) cloud platform.
1/24/2012
Cam shares his enthusiasm for the sun and the wind at his off-grid home.
12/28/2011
Can party technology teach you about energy savings and even the theory behind electric cars? It sure can if you follow this simple video tutorial on pulse width modulation.
11/23/2011
Cam discusses the decision to go off-grid or on-grid and shares his experience with batteries and the dangers of high winds to solar panels.
11/4/2011
Western civilization is totally dependent upon cheap and abundant energy. Three quarters of the petroleum we burn in our engines is imported. Could it be cut off suddenly? Without cheap and abundant energy, our way of life would collapse. If we value our freedom and independence, we should not be relying on foreign petroleum. We should be making our own energy. 
11/3/2011
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a new Wind Turbine project at the port of Milwaukee will produce more than enough electricity for the city building there. Blogger Ben Nelson checks it out for you with a report, photos, and video.
11/3/2011
I have know Mark for years. Since I have known him (give or take a few years or so) Seiden asked me what were the best ways to go green and save energy at the same time. Then two years ago, we started with CFL bulbs. Now I'm trying to get him to go LED and get really green lighting in effect. In time. In time.
9/19/2011
John Noska will present a workshop on solar passive tipis at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/15/2011
Cam wonders why more people don't prepare for blackouts.
8/29/2011
Joe Utasi of Cinci Home Solar will present a workshop on photovoltaic solar panels at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/29/2011
Cam considers how Peak Oil will affect our lives....
8/15/2011
Author John Ivanko will present a workshop on residential renewable energy at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/5/2011
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
7/25/2011
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
7/20/2011
Prestyl USA’s customizable infrared art panels prove efficient, ecological & elegant.
7/13/2011
Skystream install program helps consumers take advantage of their wind resource.
7/12/2011
Sustainable Solar LLC has recently rolled out a line of Light-Weight, Portable, Noiseless Solar Generators providing a convenient power supply in remote or off-the-grid areas.
7/11/2011
QSolar Limited today announced that it has introduced its' new Kristal and Kristal Rainbow range of semi-transparent and colour semi-transparent solar panels.
7/11/2011
ClearSpan Fabric Structures, a division of ESAPCO, is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with Vermont’s AgriLab Technologies, a company specializing in heat capture and transfer from aerobic composting.
7/5/2011
Hodgson Mill Inc., a leading national producer of All-Natural and Organic, Whole-Grain foods, has added two wind turbines to successfully complete the second phase of a significant new green initiative.
6/21/2011
Summer's here, but the solar panels that President Obama promised to install on the White House this spring aren't. Today the administration announced that it's still working out the details. We'll just have to wait.
6/17/2011
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
6/17/2011
Last October, President Obama filled us all with hope when he announced he would install solar panels on the White House by this spring. The panels haven't materialized, and the White House isn't talking. Call Obama and find out what's up.
6/16/2011
Blume Distillation debuts appropriate-scale biofuel distillation equipment that will allow farmers, entrepreneurs, municipalities and communities to produce their own alcohol fuel from a variety of readily available fuel stock sources.
6/16/2011
Cable set-top boxes in the United States consume 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity—equivalent to the annual output of nine coal-fired power plants. Cable providers have a lot of energy-efficient improvements to make.
6/15/2011
The nation's largest community-owned solar array in Rifle, Colorado, will provide clean energy for up to 350 residents, who don't even need a roof to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy.
6/7/2011
A TransCanada Keystone pipeline was shut down by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, due to two spills in May. Though it lasted only a day, the suspension raises bigger questions about the risks of TransCanada’s current piping of tar sands oil, as well as the company’s proposal to build an even longer pipeline, the Keystone XL.
6/3/2011
On the eve of Southern Company (NYSE:  SO) holding its annual meeting of stockholders in Pine Mountain, GA., the nonprofit Green America released a report ranking the major U.S. power producer as “the United States’ most irresponsible utility.”    
5/28/2011
In this blog we talk about our three differnet types of solar technology that we have on the Homestead.
5/26/2011
A. O. Smith Water Products Company, the leading manufacturer and marketer of residential and commercial water heaters, has donated a 120-gallon solar storage tank to the Hurston family of Cocoa Beach, Fla., project of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
5/25/2011
Kirk Haffner, solar power expert, and Jeff Swotek of the USDA will present workshops on solar power and USDA programs at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/20/2011
MIT students have developed an outdoor rocking lounge chair that doubles as a solar charging station, recasting power generation as an integrated and distributed public activity.
5/20/2011
Dan Chiras, renewable energy expert, will present workshops on wind and solar power at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/16/2011
Scott Davis, microhydro energy expert, will present a workshop on microhydro energy at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/16/2011
Cam considers one of the causes of high gas prices....
5/10/2011
Put your kitchen on an energy diet without spending money on new appliances. Use these simple tricks to use less energy while cooking, freezing and refrigerating--even drinking your morning coffee.
5/4/2011
Cam describes how our solar electric system has evolved over time.
5/3/2011
Adding solar panels can increase a home's resale value by as much as $17,000, a new Lawrence Berkeley Lab report finds.
4/27/2011
Cam describes some recent speaking engagements including the thrill of being "piped in."
4/25/2011
Cam loves growing his own heat!
4/20/2011
When Paula and Matt learned that running a utility line to their rural Vermont home would cost the same as buying solar panels, they never hesitated. Now they're living the good life, off the grid.
4/20/2011
To learn more about large wind energy degrees, Brittney Tyler-Milholland and Brenna Long talk with educators at Iowa Lakes Community College about the wind energy degree program in this Wind Energy blog. Iowa Lakes had the first wind energy program in Iowa.
4/7/2011
Solar industry analysts and executives say PV installations will surge in the next two years as prices continue to drop.
4/6/2011
With 67 percent growth in one year, the solar energy industry eclipses even the telecommunications industry, according to a new Solar Energy Industries Association report.
3/31/2011
For the first time since the U.S. Energy Information Administration began collecting data on greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, the United States saw a record-setting 5.8 percent decline.
3/30/2011
Cam leaves his lights on during Earth Hour since he generates his own electricity with solar and wind!
3/29/2011
Only 43 percent of Americans know what smart grid technology is, and of those, 70 percent don’t really understand how it works, according to a survey released today.
3/29/2011
Getting solar panels in Seattle is becoming more affordable with state incentives and net metering but still doesn't quite compare to other states.
3/28/2011
Our “needs” for the latest gadgets elevates our energy consumption, even with the onslaught of energy-efficient appliances and consumer electronics in recent years.
3/24/2011
B&R Automation announces partnership to serve renewable energy industry in US and Canada.
3/24/2011
Covering an area about the size of California with solar panels would provide enough power to handle the world's needs.
3/24/2011
Willis Tower in Chicago, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, gets new windows that could generate up to 2 megawatts of solar power.
3/23/2011
Former Boulder, Colorado, mayor Shaun McGrath, the new head of the American Solar Energy Society, has his work cut out for him.
3/23/2011
Change we can believe in? The Obama administration paves the way for more than 300,000 megawatts of coal-fired energy.
3/22/2011
Sixty-one percent of Americans say they understand our nation's energy issues, but more than half have never heard the term "smart grid." We have a lot to talk about.
3/18/2011
In this Wind Energy Blog, we talk with a representative from The Nature Conservancy to learn more about the environmental impacts of wind energy. Despite the many concerns about the impacts these wind farms can have on wildlife, there are no current regulations that wind farm developers must follow before building their wind farms.
3/18/2011
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
3/16/2011
A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990.”
3/15/2011
Three nuclear reactors in Japan have been destroyed by a 9.0 earthquake.  Radiation levels are on the rise.  The world watches helplessly, wondering if escaping radiation will eventually find its way to them. Are we not witnessing in Japan the dark side of nuclear energy? It is not that hard to see this happening in United States, is it?
3/14/2011
Wind power grew by 30 percent and solar power grew by 40 percent in 2010, according to a new report.
3/11/2011
Brief description of our journey back onto the National Mall, our Flex Space design, and our Solar Thermal Skylight.
3/11/2011
Cam welcomed a group of high school students to his home/office recently.
3/10/2011
The bad news? Coal-fired power plants are our biggest source of industrial pollution. The good news? Solar grew by 67 percent last year, making it our fastest-growing energy sector.
3/9/2011
Cam learns a lot by spending time with people who "get it."
3/8/2011
There are many ways that each of us can lessen our unhealthy dependence on filthy fuels. You can do so in every area of your life, from choices you make regarding your house and home improvements, to food, transportation, and other consumer choices.
3/7/2011
Cam speaks to a group of university students about "sustainable" development...
3/4/2011
To learn more about large wind energy companies and wind power generation, Brittney Tyler-Milholland and Brenna Long talk with a representative from Horizon Wind Energy about the wind energy industry in this Wind Energy blog. With wind farms in 18 states, Horizon Wind Energy plays a role in the future of wind energy in the United States.
3/3/2011
Southwest Windpower is the world’s leading supplier of distributed wind generators. With history lasting more than two decades, the company is a global leader and pioneer in the design, manufacturing and distribution of small wind systems.
3/2/2011
Leasing solar panels may be a way for you to have a solar electric system on your home. See what our expert has to say on leasing solar panels, from an operating lease to a capital lease. Plus, learn about the federal tax incentives that come with solar electric systems.
2/24/2011
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) assures consumers that manufacturers have rectified many of the issues related to using CFLs, making them into mere myths. These issues include usage in three-way fixtures, non-compatibility in dimmers, the high price of CFLs and CFL use in fans and candelabras. Additionally, CFL users should understand the lifespan of the bulb and causes of flicker.  
2/23/2011
Learn more about the upcoming Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges.
2/23/2011
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
2/23/2011
Most Americans have tried low-energy light bulbs and like them.
2/23/2011
Colorado's once-thriving solar industry has ground to a halt following Xcel Energy's move to slash incentive rebates for homeowners.
2/21/2011
In a move that could devastate Colorado's thriving solar industry, Xcel Energy slashes incentive program.
2/17/2011
A year-long study in Oklahoma found that consumers who used energy-tracking technology and pricing plans that let them analyze their usage can cut their consumption in half.
2/17/2011
A new study finds that generating electricity from coal costs taxpayers $345 billion each year, making renewable energy start to look like a bargain.
2/16/2011
A typical winter morning chore - cleaning off the solar panels.
2/11/2011
Generate energy in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
2/11/2011
A new wastewater treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will use methane gas to produce energy.
2/10/2011
This is a summary of our attendance at the IBS show in Jan. Also a re-cap of Jan events and our transistion into the construction phase of the project. We also talk about the decision for the competiton to be moved off the Nationa Mall in DC
2/9/2011
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
2/8/2011
Scott Davis’ “Solar Projects, Big and Small” video offers inspiration for both solar energy enthusiasts and folks who are just curious. Tips and advice pertaining to solar energy can be found at the Yahoo! group Simply Solar, and you can make your dream project a reality with Gary Reysa’s instructions.  
2/3/2011
Cam is glad to find out that he has been successful at encouraging people to embrace renewable energy.
1/28/2011
A solar log home could be an ideal solution to your power problem if you live somewhere with limited alternative energy options. Look into different photovoltaic or photovoltaic/generator systems to see what options could work for you.
1/28/2011
For developing countries without the means to store life-saving vaccines, solar refrigerators may be the answer.
1/27/2011
Tulikivi provides a “green” cost-effective heating solution because it uses less wood to heat the same space than with a traditional wood burner.
1/26/2011
Thanks to favorable economics, more power utilities have plans to build wind farms.
1/26/2011
Figure out whether a home wind turbine is right for you by evaluating land for the best wind turbine location. Our expert explains placement, turbulence, wind speed and wind site assessment. These steps and factors will determine if a wind turbine is right for you.
1/20/2011
The Appalachian State University team will be blogging about their progress on the solar home they are building for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.
1/18/2011
Luna Lodge, on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, relies on hydro power.
1/13/2011
Evergreen Institute founder's Missouri home burns; wood furnace is suspected cause.
1/12/2011
New investment in clean energy reached $243 billion last year, driven by soaring activity in China, offshore wind and European rooftop photovoltaics
1/11/2011
New approach to renewable home energy – heating with pelletized fuel in free-standing pellet stoves and fireplace inserts. Generally made from recycled wood byproducts, pellets are low carbon fuel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
1/7/2011
The difference between power and energy and how it relates to toast!
12/29/2010
U.S. energy consumers will rely more on natural gas and renewables and less on imports in 2011. Coal remains dominant.
12/14/2010
Environmental journalist and author Amanda Little gives a keynote speech about America's dependence on fossil fuels at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
12/5/2010
A BIG issue in everyone’s lives today is increasing fuel costs. The seriousness and scope of our energy problems calls for an all-out effort for sustainable solutions, starting as soon as possible.
11/30/2010
Author, activist and co-founder of Global Exchange Kevin Danaher gives a presentation about the bright future of green jobs at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
11/27/2010
A question about our future.
11/16/2010
Technology allows us to live where we live, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with!
10/28/2010
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
10/22/2010
Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases a report assessing each state’s programs and policies for energy-efficiency. See how your home state did in 2010!
10/22/2010
Without federal subsidies, the future of solar power looks grim. Fortunately, the Obama administration is giving solar a boost with four new large-scale solar projects.
10/6/2010
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
10/1/2010
GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan talks to a representative of the Mother Earth Resources Co-Op, one of the sponsors of the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, about his company's vision and the reception he's gotten from fairgoers.
9/30/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Assistant Editor Heidi Hunt chats with Dan Lepinski of MOTHER EARTH NEWS RADIO about converting sunshine into electricity at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/26/2010
Managing Editor John Rockhold catches up with Amanda Little ahead of her keynote speech at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/26/2010
Shannon Whitworth performs at the charity dinner for the Natural Resources Defense Council at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
9/9/2010
What's the most efficient way to boil water?
8/10/2010
NativeEnergy, an innovator in the United States carbon market, today launched its year-long 10-Year Anniversary program.
8/10/2010
NativeEnergy, an innovator in the United States carbon market, today launched its year-long 10-Year Anniversary program.
8/4/2010
An introduction to Cam Mather's off-grid home and lifestyle.
7/23/2010
SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) announces the availability of its most advanced HIT Power® solar module, the HIT Power 220A, offering improved efficiency and energy output -- and designed to energize integrators and installers with more power per square foot than ever before.
7/20/2010
Having your own wind turbine can save you money on your utility bill and lower your impact on the environment. What are your thoughts on wind turbines in backyards?
7/15/2010
American and European renewable power sources made up more than half of the countries' new electrical capacity in 2009.
7/6/2010
Henry Red Cloud has a lot to do with the wind energy education happening in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. Along with these tribes, the interest in wind energy is spreading across the nation, especially to Arizona, and outside organizations are lending a hand.
6/16/2010
A brief announcement of a rare educational opportunity ... a wind turbine installation. We'll be installing a 2.5 kW Skystream wind turbine on a 127-foot tilt-up tower.
6/15/2010
Henry Red Cloud moved back to the Pine Ridge Reservation 12 years ago and started looking into renewable energy. Since then he has started a solar heating system company and a renewable energy training center to serve the Native American community.
6/11/2010
Now's the time to redouble our efforts to tap into energy efficiency. The potential is huge and the benefits are even greater.
6/9/2010
Check out these high-quality workshops on solar electricity, home energy efficiency, and small wind energy systems. Geared to homeowners, aspiring professionals, students and teachers - anyone wishing to learn more about renewable energy systems
6/8/2010
We have the technology, today, to make our power grid more sustainable, cleaner, more robust and more reliable just by replacing old-fashioned metering with “smart-metering”[1] and agreeing to pay homeowners who generate electricity.
6/4/2010
Save energy and resources and reduce waste when traveling by dumping all your trash in one receptical.
5/28/2010
Human-powered generators cleverly derive electricity from something we already use in abundance — human movement — offering an easy way to tap renewable energy for anyone interested in a low-impact lifestyle. Two creative generators caught our attention: a merry-go-round that supplies light for poor Ghanaian schools and a revolving door that lights up a train station.
5/27/2010
Yes, you can make your own solar panels, but it won’t necessarily save you much money compared with buying commercial solar panels.
5/27/2010
This bathhouse from CU user "Solar Lady from Norwood" proudly uses the sun to power it through the day. Making good use of alternative energy, the bathhouse surrounded by lush grass looks like a great little escape. Adorned with a sign and additional artwork, this
5/25/2010
The requirements for the much-trusted Energy Star label have changed after a government test discovered exploitable flaws in its certification process.
5/25/2010
The pros and cons of nuclear power have been discussed in news and politics for years. We want to know what you think. Is nuclear power a viable and safe option for cleaning up our air? Are the risks of nuclear energy worth the potential rewards? Are there other energy alternatives that deserve more of our attention?
5/14/2010
With new breakthroughs in solar electricity coming out every year, should you wait before investing in a solar electric system? Energy expert Dan Chiras discusses cost of PV modules in terms of cost per watt of installed capacity.
5/13/2010
Students from the University of Kansas spent spring break installing solar panels in a low-income neighborhood in Oakland, California.
5/12/2010
Following a disastrous investigation into the Energy Star program’s certification process, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are making major changes, including scrapping automated approval and requiring stricter lab results.
5/11/2010
Environmentalists are in a debate about the Cape Wind project. We want to know what you think about the proposed offshore wind farm.
5/7/2010
Join the green collar economy by going through a green job training program. Learn the ins and outs of solar photovoltaics, wind power or biomass and save the planet while furthering your career.
5/6/2010
Recent approval by the Obama administration of the Massachusetts based Cape Wind project creates the potential for 130 offshore wind turbines, which are predicted to produce up to 468 megawatts of wind power.  
4/27/2010
Should we be building more garbage incinerators in the United States? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
4/2/2010
Senator Bernie Sanders’ new bill would promote installation of 10 million new rooftop solar energy systems and 200,000 solar hot water heating systems in the United States in the next decade.
3/26/2010
The energy a PV system will produce during its lifetime far exceeds the amount of energy it takes to produce the PV system
3/25/2010
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3/17/2010
Dan Chiras announces a four-day energy workshop he'll be teaching in Kansas City, Mo.
3/12/2010
Dan Chiras and other energy experts envision a future powered by a combination of renewable energy resources, including wind and solar.
3/5/2010
Pro-Natura International is changing how the world fuels itself by turning renewable biomass and other waste products into green charcoal.
3/3/2010
Dan Chiras questions the idea that disposable items are worth the tremendous waste they create.
2/24/2010
Energy expert Dan Chiras shares the technique of conserving water with a two-gallon bucket.
2/23/2010
It takes some mechanical aptitude, but you can make your own fuel by fermenting appropriate feed stocks into 96 proof alcohol. Originally published as "Make Your Own Gas! Alcohol Fuel Basics" in the April/May 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
2/19/2010
Energy expert Dan Chiras suggests a simple process for locating energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
2/16/2010
Courses in solar energy taken through The Evergreen Institute now apply toward the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s site assessor certificates.
1/26/2010
This glossary lists terms related to renewable energy.
1/18/2010
Do you have a woodstove or pellet stove at home? We’d like to hear more about your experiences with woodstoves and any tips you may have for heating with wood.
1/6/2010
Are you a renewable energy whiz? Take our quiz and find out how enlightened you are about solar energy. Our quick quiz has 10 solar-powered questions guaranteed to brighten your day.
1/5/2010
Dan Chiras, founder of The Evergreen Institute, shares information on locating renewable energy training facilities.
12/24/2009
Geothermal energy is cleaner than fossil fuels and is endlessly renewable. Find out more about why we should seriously reconsider geothermal energy as a way to meet the world's energy needs.
12/10/2009
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras shares details about The Evergreen Institute's new Renewable Energy Educator Certificate program, designed to prepare teachers to train a new generation of renewable energy professionals to meet the needs of a growing industry.
12/3/2009
Will a degree increase your employment prospects? Absolutely. Here are some programs to look into.
12/3/2009
The fastest-growing energy technology in the world is solar, and photovoltaic solar collectors capture solar energy in a supremely adaptable and portable form. Find out more about photovoltaics, how they work, and how they can change the way we make energy.
12/1/2009
Today most new homes are sited without any reference to solar energy at all. A few builders are catching on, however, and making the simple adjustments necessary to turn new houses into solar collectors by adhering to the tenets of passive solar building. Learn more about how passive solar works and its benefits.
11/27/2009
Dan Chiras points out the efforts already being made to increase availability of renewable energy professionals and educators and talks about The Evergreen Institute's new goals to raise interest among potential students.
11/25/2009
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
11/20/2009
T. Boone Pickens is the very embodiment of the Texas oil tycoon. He’s also, arguably, the world’s leading advocate for wind energy.
11/17/2009
Let's take a trip back into the Mother Earth News archive to learn more about thin-film solar.
11/16/2009
Check out these renewable-energy courses to see if there’s an Evergreen class for you.
11/11/2009
Coal Country exposes the damages to communities and the environment caused by mountaintop-removal coal mining.
11/9/2009
For the first time, investors put more money into alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power than fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
11/2/2009
From smart grids to better solar panels, green energy technology is making gains that will help us build a brighter future. Originally published as "Green Energy Breakthroughs" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
10/27/2009
A grant from the Motorola Foundation is enabling REAL School Gardens to experiment with renewable energy.
10/9/2009
When you're looking for a job, there's just no substitute for getting out and meeting the professionals in the industry. 
9/28/2009
More and more people are looking for jobs in the renewable energy field. If you're interested in this type of career, here's how you can get started.
9/25/2009
The G-20 met in Pittsburgh this week to discuss global economic issues and agreed to eliminate fossil fuel subsides to combat gloabl climate change.
9/15/2009
Check out the PV Watts calculator and find out how much solar-electric power you can generate in your part of the world.
9/11/2009
The U.S. Congress has retuned from summer recess, but conflict might keep the Senate from drafting climate and energy legislation quickly.
9/11/2009
AC solar panels are an intriguing new idea on the PV market. The panels themselves still produce DC, but each panel would come with its own attached micro-inverter, which converts the DC to AC.
9/9/2009
MyEmissionsExchange.com stimulates the economy and combats global warming by paying registered users for reducing their energy use.
9/1/2009
We’d like to hear more about your experiences with green power. Is it available where you live? How does the price compare to what you would otherwise pay for electricity? Why have you — or haven’t you — chosen this option?
8/31/2009
The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Policy empowers everyday citizens with the knowledge to go up against industry lobbyists and fight for strong climate change legislation.
8/25/2009
A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that transitioning to a new energy economy based on clean technologies would reduce environmental stress and save the country $255 billion by 2030. Originally published as "Saving Billions with a New Energy Economy" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
8/25/2009
Tidal and wave energy have been around for years, but they’re just now starting to get the attention they deserve. See why this option is an inventive solution to our future energy needs.
8/19/2009
You can use a solar hot-air collector to heat your home with renewable energy. Here’s more about how they work.
8/14/2009
Check out these wind resource maps for a quick look at wind around the world.
8/12/2009
The Giving Tree Band has done it again with their latest folk album, "Great Possessions." Read how they created what has been dubbed "the greenest of albums."
7/31/2009
It’s a lot of fun to explore Google Earth, and you can find plenty of good information on environmental topics.
7/28/2009
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a list of the top 20 on-site renewable electtricity generators.
7/27/2009
The new Microsoft Hohm application makes it easy to track your energy use and provides simple recommendations to save energy and money.
7/24/2009
An Energy Efficient Mortgage can help you add value to your home by making home energy improvements more affordable.
7/23/2009
The Sacramento Municipal Utility Destrict (SMUD) recently approved a FIT policy, which will allow owners of small renewable energy systems in the company's area to sell excess energy back to it. Several areas in the United States have passed similar policies in recent years.
7/15/2009
Improvements in incandescent light bulb technology give compact fluorescent bulbs a revamped competitor.
7/7/2009
Since the U.S. House of Represenatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the U.S. Senate started work on its own energy and clilmate change bill.
7/2/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
6/29/2009
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the environmentally progressive Energy and Climate Change bill.
6/29/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains why wind energy is growing in popularity right now.
6/24/2009
The House votes on the Climate Energy Bill Friday and President Barack Obama encouraged the passage of the bill.
6/19/2009
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a bipartisan bill that does not go far enough for some environmental groups.
6/19/2009
Going off the grid offers complete energy independence — no utility bills, no grid outages, ever — but it takes some effort, and you will need to learn how to conserve energy.
6/17/2009
For the first time ever, alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power received more investment money than fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
6/12/2009
More money from the Stimulus plan has gone to hot and cold states for weatherization programs.
6/10/2009
A solar-powered cooker made out of cardboard boxes, which aims to reduce carbon emissions, deforestation and the spread of water-borne diseases, took home the first prize at the Climate Change Challenge.
6/5/2009
Learning the basics about electricity will help you conserve energy.
6/4/2009
Vermont passed a bill into law last week that established a feed-in tariff policy. The policy is one of the United States' first.
6/2/2009
According to a recent American Wind Energy Association report, the U.S. market for small wind turbines grew 78 percent in 2008. Manufacturers predict that this trend will continue in the next few years.
5/22/2009
A new report issued by The Lancet, an international medical journal, says global warming and climate change will create health risks for billions of people worldwide.
5/21/2009
New York makes a plan to increase solar power as part of an aggressive energy policy.
5/21/2009
Hold onto your hats, Congress is debating climate change. Right now the U.S. House is considering the Waxman-Markey climate bill. Here's where you can find more information about what is, and isn't, in the bill.
5/21/2009
Here’s advice from a renewable energy expert about what you can expect to pay for a solar-electric system to power your home.
5/20/2009
Last December, the Quimby family paid $1,100 to heat and power their Winthrop, Maine, farmhouse for the month. Something had to be done.  Jeld Wen, manufacturer of energy efficient doors and windows, came to the rescue.
5/13/2009
There are a growing number of small, solar-powered gadgets for sale including solar flashlights, radios, cell phone chargers, outdoor motion lights and more. Are you using any of these small solar products? Do you find them useful? Tell us what you think!
5/8/2009
Check out this video on tapping wind power with kites.
5/8/2009
As tough economic times hit the renewable energy industry, unsold solar panels are collecting dust in warehouses in many parts of the country. But in Gainesville, Florida, homes, buildings and schools are glittering with brand new panels, installed after the city passed a feed-in tariff law, requiring the power company to buy renewable energy from local producers.
5/7/2009
Installing an outdoor wood burner is a great way to make your home more energy efficient. Find out whether such an investment can count toward energy credits on your income tax return.
5/6/2009
Experts have concluded wind power is the best of the available renewable energy alternative to polluting fossil fuels. Originally published as "Wind: Best Bet for Renewable Energy" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
5/6/2009
"Kilowatt Ours, A Plan to Re-energize America" shows the consequences of our current energy choices, advocates usage efficiency, and explains why green power must be a part of our future. Originally published as "The Effects of Electricity Choice" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
5/4/2009
The Environmental Protection Agency releases a list of the top green power purchasers in the United States.
5/1/2009
There's lots of good information on renewable energy in this new NPR series on electricity in America.
5/1/2009
Dan Chiras elaborates on his previous blog about the disadvantages of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs).
4/21/2009
Vertical axis wind turbines don't always produce as much power as expected. Here's what we were able to learn about the new Windspire.
4/9/2009
Information and advice from the Small Wind Certification Council on creating wind power in your own backyard.
3/20/2009
The Bedol water-and-salt-powered clock runs for six months on a teaspoon of salt.
3/16/2009
Not all wind generators are equally effective. Learn the pros and cons of vertical and horizontal axis wind turbines.
3/13/2009
Are you looking for professional training as a solar installer or retailer? Check out this list of workshops available at the American Solar Energy Society's 2009 Conference.
3/13/2009
Check out RenewableEnergyWorld.com for background information and breaking news on renewable technologies.
3/13/2009
Solar panels are strong enough to resist damage from most hail. But if you live in an area where large hail is common, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk.
3/9/2009
If you’re thinking about getting a solar electric system to help the environment and save money, think about efficiency first.
3/5/2009
There are many ways farmers can benefit from renewable energy, including wind energy, solar energy, energy efficiency and biofuels.
3/5/2009
Poultry producer turns manure into propane substitute with biochar as a byproduct.
3/4/2009
You say you’re an environmentalist, but are you practicing what you preach?
3/4/2009
If you’re interested in a green career, here’s some helpful advice.
2/27/2009
The new economy promises an abundance of green jobs. Are you ready?
2/26/2009
It took a long time to get into this mess. It will take a while to get out of it.
2/26/2009
A new bill would require electricity companies to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists say the bill would not only combat global warming, but would also save consumers $94 billion by 2030.
2/26/2009
Addressing Congress on his plan to transform the economy, President Obama pushed for a cap on carbon emissions and stressed greater investment in the production of renewable energy. The president said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will double the United States’ supply of renewable energy within the next three years, as well as create 3.5 million jobs.
2/24/2009
Save thousands on a solar electric system by learning this simple secret.
2/19/2009
Want to know more about where that $787 billion dollars in the stimulus package is going? Here are links to a couple of timely articles with all the details about how the stimulus package will encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency.
2/18/2009
LEDs are all around us. Here are some of the ways these great green lightbulbs are being used, and a little more information about how they work.
2/17/2009
Would solar power be a good choice for your home? In some cases, purchasing solar panels now can add up to big savings over time. But whether solar makes sense for you depends on a lot of different factors, including how sunny your location is and what kinds of financial incentives are available in your area. Here are some helpful questions to ask if you're considering solar power, and resources that can help you learn more about the options.
2/17/2009
Yep, some of the money in that stimulus bill is committed to green initiatives, including creating green jobs.
2/17/2009
Are we spending too many resources to restore an economic system that was broken anyway? It's time for a new economy.
2/16/2009
It’s not too late for the United States to lead a solar revolution that transitions the world to carbon-free energy, but it will take commitment on a scale not seen since World War II.
2/11/2009
This easy-to-read graph shows the effects of slight climate change on crops, sea levels and weather.
2/11/2009
The X Prize Foundation recently announced the winner of their "What's Your Crazy Green Idea" competition.
2/10/2009
We have to rethink our dependence on spending to make the economy work.
2/6/2009
Contact your senators now to encourage them to support the clean energy initiatives in the new stimulus package.
2/2/2009
In his newest book, Winning the Oil Endgame, influential energy thinker Amory Lovins lays out a strategy for a successful transition to energy independence.
2/2/2009
We tested several solar-powered motion-sensor lights so you can secure your residence while saving money on your electric bills.
2/2/2009
The Energy Information Administration reports that, in 2007, renewable energy sources other than hydropower provided the majority of new electric generating capacity for the first time.
2/2/2009
Former Vice President Al Gore thinks 2009 needs to be the year that America creates a climate bill. And he's got a plan to back it up!
1/28/2009
The future looks bright as long as the United States can follow its current energy efficiency programs.
1/28/2009
Earlier this month a plan was drafted to remove all plasma screen televisions from California retail shelves.
1/21/2009
Take this quiz from How Stuff Works and learn more about how solar panels produce electricity.
1/21/2009
ASES released a report that says 37 million green jobs are possible by 2030. Check out the study here!
1/21/2009
The new president’s energy plan calls for $150 billion to be invested in building a clean energy future, and aims for renewable energy to supply 10 percent of the nation's electricity by 2012.
1/14/2009
Find out what different states are doing to promote power from renewable sources, including solar and wind energy.
1/12/2009
The International Energy Agency projects a 30 percent increase in global energy demand by 2020, but Lester Brown, of the Earth Policy Institute, argues that we can reduce this number. Read about Brown's plan to decrease global energy demand by preventing energy waste and switching to more energy-efficient products.
1/8/2009
New solar power innovations from the U.S. Department of Energy could help photovoltaics achieve their long sought potential. Originally published as "Award-winning Advances in Solar Power" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
1/6/2009
Environmental groups want supporters to write Congress to ensure that the new economic stimulus package includes green jobs.
12/26/2008
It's easy to find out what fuels your power comes from using this nifty tool from the EPA. 
12/24/2008
The consensus is in: Climate change is real and is fueled by human activities — which means that we now need action based on a solid plan for success. Check out these five ambitious strategies for heading off a climate crisis and creating a new, sustainable national energy policy.
12/23/2008
For a convenient, eco-friendly, and potentially money-saving method of home heating, give some thought to using a wood pellet stove. Originally published as "Turn Waste Wood into Home Heat: Buy a Pellet Stove" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
12/22/2008
The word is that nitrogen trifluoride is more of a problem than previously thought, and it's used to manufacture all kinds of high-tech equipment, including thin-film solar panels.
12/16/2008
The Apollo Alliance want you to tell the new Obama Energy Czar, Carol Browner that you support renewable energy policy.
12/3/2008
The Union of Concerned Scientists created a new Web feature to show the success of green-collar jobs.
12/3/2008
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released a report discussing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and its possibility as an energy solution.
11/26/2008
What should we do about climate and energy issues? These three articles raise interesting questions.
11/26/2008
DOE and EPA's National Action Plan Vision for 2025 outlines strategies to help lower the growth in energy demand across the country by more than 50 percent.
11/24/2008
Thanks to new federal tax credits for energy improvements, U.S. homeowners can get more money back when they buy solar panels, wind turbines, woodstoves, energy efficient windows and more. The tax credits go into effect starting Jan. 1, 2009. Read more to find out the details of what products qualify for tax credits and whether energy upgrades might be a good idea for your home.
11/21/2008
When you start measuring electricity use, you may be surprised by which appliances and electronics use the most energy.
11/19/2008
The X Prize Foundation needs your vote to help them decide their next X Prize.
11/17/2008
Missouri creates a stronger market for renewable energy by passing a clean energy initiative.
11/14/2008
It's true! You really can pump water to a higher elevation using nothing but water power.
11/12/2008
How much electricity is your computer using right now? You might be surprised how easy it is to find out.
11/7/2008
The bailout bill rescues renewable energy. Did you know that the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, also known as the “bailout bill,” actually included some good news for renewable energy? Wind, solar and geothermal all got a boost.
11/7/2008
Save energy using homemade Christmas ornaments. During the 1973 oil crisis, folks used fewer lights to decorate for the holidays and instead used homemade decorations. Originally published as "Country Lore: Lessons from ’73: Vibrant Holidays that Save Energy" December 2008/January 2009 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
11/6/2008
Ready, set, save! Try these online calculators for help finding the best ways to save energy and money at home.
10/29/2008
The 5-megawatt plant will use Ausra's flat solar panels, which work like solar troughs but with lower costs.
10/29/2008
A string of new solar manufacturing plants are scheduled to open within the next few years.
10/27/2008
A new technology developed at MIT, solar concentrators, could dramatically reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) power.
10/22/2008
Wind, solar and geothermal energy has already begun replacing coal and oil in large quantities. States such as Texas and California are already national leaders in the movement toward alternative fuels, but many more states are jumping on the proverbial bandwagon and adding their own green power arrays.
10/22/2008
T. Boone Pickens is calling Americans to submit videos about the importance of independence from foreign oil. The contest ends Oct. 25, and the winning video will be sent to national political leaders.
10/16/2008
The Presidential candidates had one last chance to address energy policy.
10/15/2008
Here's another reason to love solar panels and wind turbines: They're great tools for providing power to people who wouldn't otherwise have electricity at home.
10/15/2008
A new company has redesigned the typical shape of solar panels to be more three-dimensional.
10/8/2008
California ranks No. 1 on the ACEEE's scorecard of energy efficient states. See how your state ranked here!
10/3/2008
National Solar Tour couldn't have more perfect timing.
10/2/2008
On Sept. 30, the offshore drilling moratorium expired, and the energy battle between the Democrats and Republicans began.
10/1/2008
Rhode Island plans to install large wind far off it's Atlantic Ocean shore.
10/1/2008
Here are the pros and cons of using south facing windows for home heating, rather than solar collectors.
9/29/2008
Ben & Jerry's teams up with Greenpeace to bring the U.S. a cleaner way of freezing food, especially ice cream.
9/26/2008
Everyone's talking about the economic bailout, but few seem to focus on the bigger issue: we need more jobs, and we need a viable economic stimulus. One study shows those needs could come from green investment.
9/26/2008
The news on climate change isn't good, but renewable energy could lead us to a brighter future.
9/24/2008
Three-hundred colleges and universities have been graded on their commitment to environmentalism. Did your alma mater make the Green Grade?
9/19/2008
Wouldn't it be nice if we could produce all the energy we needed from local, renewable resources, such as solar and wind power?
9/18/2008
The X Prize Foundation wants your craziest green idea, so let the games begin.
9/17/2008
This unusual water-powered clock from Bedol is powered by salt and water.
9/12/2008
How does the amount of electricity you use each month compare to the  average American household?
9/10/2008
How big is that wind turbine exactly? For a frame of reference on the different sizes, check out these photos and links.