Renewable Energy

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

Choosing the Right-Sized Solar-Energy System for Your Home

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Choosing the right size solar photovoltaic system for your home depends on where you live, how much electricity you use, the specifications of your roof, as well as the policies in place at the state, municipal and utility level. By optimizing your system, you can make the most of your solar investment.


Solar Can Increase Your Home's Value: Here's How

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

You may have heard that installing a solar energy system on your roof can increase the value of your home – but by how much? Get past the sales pitch and understand exactly what solar companies mean when they say that your home value increases when you install solar.


Answers to Your Most Common Solar Energy Questions

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

Solar energy is growing in popularity! But installing rooftop panels is a big investment, so homeowners naturally have a number of questions. By answering some of the most common questions, I hope to set your mind at ease and help you discover the many benefits of solar energy. Before long, you could be producing your own clean, green electricity.


Solar Panels as a Home Improvement Strategy

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

The conventional wisdom from HGTV and home improvement magazines is that updating your kitchen, renovating your bathroom, and building an addition are among the smartest ways to increase the resale value of your home. But there’s another home improvement that you may not realize can add serious value to your property: installing a solar energy system.


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Why You Should Combine Eco-Friendly Homes with Solar Panels

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Many homeowners don’t realize that energy efficiency measures and solar panels are each effective ways to save on electricity costs, and when you combine them, they can save you even more.


Top 5 Reasons to Go Solar Right Now

By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix

With favorable legislation in the form of a generous tax credit, along with low interest rates and stabilizing costs, switching to solar energy has never made more sense for homeowners frustrated by rising electricity rates and/or wanting to help the environment.


Living Off-Grid, Really?!

By Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions Group

Aur Beck, who has lived off-grid with solar electricity as his main power source for 18 years, shares some of his personal experiences with renewable resources throughout his life.


Solar Panels and Electric Cars: Can I Use Solar to Charge My Vehicle?

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage

Solar panels and electric cars are a match made in heaven – when you install a solar energy system on your home, you can use it to both power your home and charge your electric car for emissions-free transportation.