Welcome to Home Power Magazine

By: Brad Berman
Home Power's EV expert Bradley Berman takes us through the current array of available EVs, and gives us a glimpse of the future.
Vehicles
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: Jim Riggins
After 5 years of living in this Colorado high-performance home, the homeowner discusses what has worked well, and what he’s designed to work better.
Home Efficiency
By: Vaughan Woodruff, Ian Woofenden
What strategies do off-gridders use for making hot water?
Solar Water Heating
By: Hugh Piggott, Ian Woofenden
Learn the basics of microhydro system design and determine which hydro turbine can maximize the energy harvest in your on-site stream.
Microhydro Power
Wind Power
Beginner
A Home Power reader wonders about changing the spinning direction of wind generators, and our expert answers.
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 writes in about his preferences against solar thermal and propane for hot water.
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 1 month 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 3 months ago by RMichael Curran
Solar Water Heating
Intermediate
A Home Power reader asks about a solar hot tub heater, and an expert responds.
2 comments 2 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 6 months 2 weeks ago by bonneygaj@6508
Microhydro Power
Intermediate
Chris Soler purging the lines
Join Chris Soler for a frank discussion of microhydro systems—past, present, and future.
9 comments 10 months 1 week ago by Ian Woofenden
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 6 days 23 hours 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 3 weeks ago by Allise Burris
Wind Power
Intermediate
Destroyed wind system
Living with a wind generator is not for everybody.
8 comments 2 years 6 months ago by James Knapp
Vehicles
Beginner
A reader tells us about charging a Chevy Volt with their solar-electric system.

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