Welcome to Home Power Magazine

By: Garrison Riegel
For PV mounts on sloped roofs, two rack types dominate—rail-based and rail-free. Home Power tells about the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Solar Electricity
By: Ted Dillard
Home Power shows you which electric motorcycles have emerged over the last decade as viable options.
Vehicles
By: Hugh Piggott
Microhydro systems can provide a reliable, renewable electricity. Home Power shows the basic components that comprise these systems.
Microhydro Power
By: Vaughan Woodruff
Minisplit heat pumps provide highly efficient space heating and cooling in a small footprint. Plus, they can use energy from your PV array.
Home Efficiency
By: Ian Woofenden, Sally & Jerry Bowker
Growing an off-grid PV system from a few modules to a larger, whole-house setup isn’t difficult, but does require some planning and know-how.
Solar Electricity
By: Ian Woofenden, Hugh Piggott
Two seasoned wind-energy experts share their perspectives on small-scale systems. Covers design issues that make wind systems most productive.
Wind Power
By: Claire Anderson
There are multiple paths toward great water-heating efficiency. This article discusses several technologies that can meet your needs more sustainably.
Solar Water Heating
Home Efficiency
Beginner
The New Hampshire home in this Home Power article incorporates passive and active solar technologies to offset all of its energy needs.
2 comments 6 months 3 weeks ago by Christopher Yaun
Wind Power
Beginner
A Home Power reader wonders about changing the spinning direction of wind generators, and our expert answers.
3 comments 2 days 3 hours ago by stevenlanders
Solar Water Heating
Intermediate
A Home Power reader writes in about his preferences against solar thermal and propane for hot water.
2 comments 1 week 2 days ago by Ryan Moy
Home Efficiency
Intermediate
Resilient homes can still meet their energy and water needs when the grid goes down. Identify your home’s vulnerabilities.
1 comment 2 years 3 months ago by Frank Heller
Solar Electricity
Intermediate
Justine Sanchez writes about the 2014 National Electrical Code’s rapid shutdown requirements & how they may affect future PV system installations.
4 comments 3 months 2 weeks ago by Xriva18707
Vehicles
Beginner
Electrifying a home during a utility outage with an EV’s battery is now on the horizon.
5 comments 1 year 5 months ago by RMichael Curran
Home Efficiency
Beginner
Straw bale building with passive & active solar strategies can help reduce a building’s carbon footprint, embodied energy, & reliance on fossil fuel.
Solar Water Heating
Intermediate
A Home Power reader asks about a solar hot tub heater, and an expert responds.
2 comments 4 months 2 weeks ago by Doug Kalmer
Wind Power
Intermediate
A battery-backup grid-tied hybrid system provides electricity for a central New York farmstead and for the homeowner’s electric vehicle.
3 comments 8 months 2 weeks ago by bonneygaj@6508
Solar Electricity
Intermediate
The author's homestead
Off-grid lifestyles that rely primarily on RE are full of benefits & responsibilities. See if you’re ready for the challenges—& potential rewards.
29 comments 2 months 5 days ago by Dan S
Home Efficiency
Beginner
A look at green building materials—what to consider when you’re choosing ecofriendlier products & how to identify their not-so-eco counterparts.
4 comments 2 years 2 months ago by Allise Burris
Vehicles
Beginner
A reader tells us about charging a Chevy Volt with their solar-electric system.

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