Renewable Energy

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

The Best Batteries for Your Off-Grid Battery Bank

By Allan Sindelar

This advice will help you choose the best battery for backup energy on your off-grid homestead.


Grid-Tied vs. Off-Grid Solar: Which is Right for You?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

One of the biggest decisions solar shoppers have to make is whether to install a standard grid-tied solar energy system, a solar battery backup, or a fully off-grid solar energy system. Here’s everything that you should keep in mind when making your choice.


Dual-Mode Hot-Water System Heated with Solar and Wood

By Christopher James Marshall

Here’s a DIY, year-round hot water system that switches between solar hot water in summer and woodstove-heated water in winter.


How to Cut the Costs of Going Solar

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Over the past few years, the cost of installing solar has fallen dramatically. Today, there are a growing number of financing options and incentives that will help you cut costs even further so you can enjoy all of the benefits of solar.


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Community Solar: How to go Solar Without Rooftop Panels

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Solar adoption is surging across the U.S., and it isn’t just limited to rooftop solar. The newest innovation in the solar industry: community solar, which offers many of the benefits of a home solar energy system without the need to install solar panels on your roof.


Buying Solar Panels? Check Out These Free Tools

By Sarah Kezer, 123SolarPower

Learn more about what it's like to have residential solar panels.


The Most Important Warranties for Your Solar Installation

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Solar energy systems come with multiple warranties that apply to different parts of the installation, and trying to keep track of them all can get confusing. Here’s a simple guide to the different warranties for your solar energy system, and which ones you should really pay attention to.


Hybrid Home Energy Systems Offer Both Off-Grid and Grid-Tied Benefits

By Eric Hill, Alpha Technologies and Mark Cerasuolo, OutBack Power

For residential electricity users who want to control and master their electrical consumption, as well as business owners and agricultural users, a hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds: reduced or even eliminated utility charges and backup during critical times, without the need to stay totally off the grid with a system that can draw from the grid when necessary to make up the difference.



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