RETURNS: Further Reading & One Last Kudo

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Renew magazine cover
Solar Today magazine cover
Home Energy magazine cover
Mother Earth News magazine cover
MREF Energy Fair logo

With Home Power ending its long, successful run, our loyal readers may be looking for ways to fill the gaps. Here are some publications that I enjoy, many of which cover subjects you are familiar with as Home Power readers.

First and foremost is ReNew (renew.org.au), an Australian magazine produced quarterly by the Alternative Technology Association. ReNew reminds me much of the early years of Home Power—it has lots of off-grid, hands-on, and techie renewable energy info, and also covers cleaner transportation options and more sustainable homes. ATA also publishes Sanctuary, which focuses on eco-friendlier homes, green building products, and sustainable landscape design, including drought-resistance.

Solar Today (ases.org) is a quarterly magazine published by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society. More industry-focused than Home Power, it provides information on solar businesses, as well as commercial and utility-scale systems, and RE research.

Home Energy (homeenergy.org) is a quarterly technical magazine published by a nonprofit with the same name. It’s all about building energy performance, and serving up the science of home energy to the building professionals who need it.

Mother Earth News (motherearthnews.com) is one of the original back-to-the-land magazines that comes out six times per year. They cover everything from renewable energy to organic gardening to raising farm animals ethically.

Last but not least, Home Power wants to acknowledge the important work of the nonprofit Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA, midwestrenew.org). Founded in 1990, MREA began organizing when Richard Perez, Home Power founder, put out the call for regional energy fairs across the nation. The 30th Energy Fair—with more than 250 workshops and 200 exhibitors—will be held in Custer, Wisconsin, from June 21–23, 2019. Throughout the year, MREA also hosts many RE and energy-efficiency online and onsite trainings for homeowners and energy professionals alike, and continues its work advocating for RE policy.

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