Welcome to Home Power Magazine

By: Chris Greacen, Chom Greacen
Members of Common Ground community on Lopez Island, Washington, rallied their resources to build small, efficient, solar-powered straw-bale homes.
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: Juliet Grable, Dan Rockhill
A group of architecture students designs and builds high-performance modern homes in the Heartland.
Home Efficiency
By: Hugh Piggott
Microhydro systems can provide a reliable, renewable electricity. Home Power shows the basic components that comprise these systems.
Microhydro Power
By: Ted Dillard
Home Power shows you which electric motorcycles have emerged over the last decade as viable options.
Vehicles
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
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.
36 comments 4 hours 38 min ago by Tod duBois
Solar Water Heating
Intermediate
A Home Power reader writes in about his preferences against solar thermal and propane for hot water.
3 comments 3 months 2 weeks ago by Joseph_Lull
Wind Power
Beginner
A Home Power reader asks about vertical axis wind turbines, and our expert responds.
1 comment 3 months 1 week 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.
5 comments 3 months 3 weeks ago by Gary Butt
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 1 year 1 month ago by Christopher Yaun
Wind Power
Beginner
A Home Power reader wonders about changing the spinning direction of wind generators, and our expert answers.
7 comments 3 months 3 weeks ago by Ben Root
Vehicles
Beginner
Electrifying a home during a utility outage with an EV’s battery is now on the horizon.
5 comments 2 years 1 week ago by RMichael Curran
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 10 months ago by Frank Heller
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 11 months 3 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 1 year 3 months ago by bonneygaj@6508
Vehicles
Beginner
A reader tells us about charging a Chevy Volt with their solar-electric system.

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