Even the most energy illiterate of us know that turning up the thermostat a few degrees in the summer can make a difference, but did you know that there are approximately 30 additional ways to save on air-conditioning costs? Try combining a ceiling fan with the AC; increasing air flow will create an indoor wind-chill effect. Close shades during the day or landscape accordingly near windows that receive sun in the afternoon. Keep the thermostat?
Buyer's Guide to Solar Heating Tap free heat from the sun with these solar hot-air collectors. December/January 2007 By Dan Chiras Are you freezing in the winter to keep your fuel bill down? Or paying an arm and a leg to stay warm? Either way, it’s probably time to consider installing a solar hot-air
This low-cost solar air heater plan lets you turn any south wall into a source of free heat. Originally published as "Build a Simple Solar Heater" in the December 2006/January 2007 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
You've heard about the cost of solar power systems. If you're thinking about installing one, here’s how to calculate the payback period. Originally published as "You Can Afford Solar Power" in the October/November 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Stan Ovshinsky has invented revolutionary energy technologies that are making a renewable solar-hydrogen future possible.
Installing clean, reliable, inflation-proof solar power is easier than ever, thanks to the invention of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) laminates that can be bonded directly onto metal roofing panels. Unlike crystalline PV material, there’s no need for obtrusive racks and heavy, expensive glass. Instead, unbreakable thin-film PV is produced using amorphous silicon, encapsulated in Teflon and other polymers.
Environmental tax reform is gaining popularity in Europe, according to Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, where it's generating new jobs while it protects the environment. The process lowers income tax rates and raises taxes on environmentally destructive activities to incorporate their social costs into the marketplace and create incentives for more reponsible environmental behavior.
Our editors highlight some of the solar solutions inventive people have devised to address our energy needs without aggravating global warming. Originally published as "News From Mother: Solar is the Solution" in the August/September 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.