Renewable Energy

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

Avoiding Disaster: Why We Need Green Development

By Luke Maguire Armstrong

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.



3 Reasons Why We Haven't Switched to Alternative Energy

By David Glenn

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.


Let It Shine: Solar Energy in Ancient Rome

By John Perlin

When writing his great work On Architecture, Rome’s greatest solar architect Vitruvius emphasized proper solar orientation for buildings and bath houses.


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Winter Chores for Off-Grid Living

By Paul Scheckel

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.


Solar Power: The Idea, the Reality and the Future

By David Glenn

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.


The Gift of Solar Energy

By Cindy Nawilis

Here are three of the season’s brightest and cleanest gifts for a greener holiday celebration.


Let It Shine: Solar Design in Ancient Greece

By John Perlin

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.



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