Welcome to Home Power Magazine

By: Chris Magwood
Mostly local, natural materials paired with solar heating and electricity systems helped create this low-carbon Canadian home.
Home Efficiency
By: Brett Belan
Brett Belan and his family take to the road in their solar-powered electric Volkswagen bus.
Vehicles
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
By: Dan Fink
Home Power writer and off-grid installer Dan Fink writes about PV systems for off-grid cabins.
Solar Electricity
By: Ian Woofenden
Wind experts provide their top tool choices and tower-climbing strategies.
Wind Power
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 3 weeks 3 days ago by bonneygaj@6508
Vehicles
Beginner
Electrifying a home during a utility outage with an EV’s battery is now on the horizon.
5 comments 9 months 2 weeks ago by RMichael Curran
Solar Water Heating
Intermediate
A Home Power reader asks about a solar hot tub heater, and an expert responds.
1 comment 2 weeks 6 days ago by Fred Golden
Solar Electricity
Intermediate
Justine Sanchez writes about the 2014 National Electrical Code’s rapid shutdown requirements & how they may affect future PV system installations.
3 comments 6 months 3 weeks ago by Edward-Dijeau
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 Electricity
Intermediate
Owning or leasing—which is better for your bank account? This article looks at leasing, bank loans, PACE programs, and other possibilities.
2 comments 11 months 4 weeks ago by Mark@exactsolar.com
Microhydro Power
Intermediate
Chris Soler purging the lines
Join Chris Soler for a frank discussion of microhydro systems—past, present, and future.
9 comments 4 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.
24 comments 9 months 1 day ago by Ian Woofenden
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 1 year 7 months ago by Allise Burris
Wind Power
Intermediate
Destroyed wind system
Living with a wind generator is not for everybody.
8 comments 2 years 2 weeks ago by James Knapp
Vehicles
Beginner
A reader tells us about charging a Chevy Volt with their solar-electric system.
Solar Electricity
Advanced
This Wisconsin homeowner designed a custom, tiltable PV rack to cut upfront system costs & optimize his grid-tied PV array’s energy production.
38 comments 6 months 4 weeks ago by Willi Hampel_2

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