Renewable Energy

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

New Device Could Make Solar Cheaper, More Efficient

By Kayla Matthews

A seemingly simple, light-trapping prism could revolutionize the future of solar power. The glass prism, which maximizes the amount of energy it can derive from sunlight, contains a 28-square centimeter, four-junction miniature module that works by utilizing a hybrid receiver designed to convert electricity from each sunbeam more than other devices.


Is Solar Really Worth It?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Every solar company has a variation of the same sales pitch, but whether solar is a smart long-term investment for you depends on a few major factors. Before you buy into the hype, use this simple guide to cut through the sales jargon.


The Dramatic Drop in Solar-Energy Prices

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

The price of solar energy is at an all-time low, according to a recent report. The average installed price of photovoltaic (PV) devices has fallen by more than 50 percent since 2009, making the initial investment cost of system installations feasible for a much wider range of homeowners and businesses.


Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Switching to Solar Energy

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Making the switch to solar energy for your home is a big decision. It pays to spend a little time and effort researching your solar options, whether it be how to finance your system, deciding which installer to hire or which size system to install. Avoiding the most common mistakes will help you through the process so that you can make the most of your investment.


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How Much Can I Save with Solar Panels?

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

If you’re looking for an investment that will help to save you money as well as conserve fossil fuels, solar power is great option for many homeowners and businesses. With the continual drop in equipment prices, the advantages of solar energy just keep growing. Before undertaking such a project, you may be wondering how much can solar panels save exactly? Here are the basics.


Solar vs Wind Energy: Which is Right for Your Home?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you’re a homeowner weighing your renewable energy options, you already know that thorough research is the best way to find the right system for your home. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of residential wind vs. solar power so that you can make your decision with confidence.


Is Your Home Good for Solar? Find Out Now

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

If you’re starting to think about going solar, knowing that your home and solar are a good match makes the shopping process even easier. Here are the top five questions and answers that will help you determine whether solar is right for your home (they might surprise you).


What Is Renewable Energy and Why Should We Use It?

By Dan Chiras

Renewable energy is the way of the future. Understanding the history of renewable and fossil fuels helps us make wise choices about using renewable energy sources.