Welcome to Home Power Magazine

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: Benjamin Root
Home Power graphics guru Ben Root writes about the Pergola they built for shade and to hold their PV array.
Solar Electricity
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
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
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 7 months 2 weeks ago by Dan S
Wind Power
Beginner
A Home Power reader wonders about changing the spinning direction of wind generators, and our expert answers.
7 comments 2 months 23 hours ago by Ben Root
Solar Water Heating
Intermediate
A Home Power reader writes in about his preferences against solar thermal and propane for hot water.
3 comments 1 month 3 weeks ago by Joseph_Lull
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 2 months 23 hours 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 2 days ago by Christopher Yaun
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 8 months ago by Frank Heller
Vehicles
Beginner
Electrifying a home during a utility outage with an EV’s battery is now on the horizon.
5 comments 1 year 10 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 9 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 1 month ago by bonneygaj@6508
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 8 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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