Ever live in an apartment with the utilities included for free? Well, geothermal is sort of like that – the earth provides free home heating and cooling for anyone who wants it. And the systems to capture it are cheaper and more efficient than ever. So read on to learn more about geothermal home heating […]
A wood-burning stove creates a comfortable atmosphere in a home as well as heating it. And clean-burning wood pellet fuels can be far more environmentally friendly than simple split logs.
Most household solar energy systems have traditionally used a central inverter within the home to convert DC power from the photovoltaic panels into usable AC current. But that trend is changing as individual solar micro inverters on each PV panel become more common.
You don’t need a giant photovoltaic array on your roof to take advantage of home solar power. Even if solar energy isn’t the answer for all your day-to-day power needs, it can be a great alternative to gasoline- or diesel-powered generators for power outages or off-the-grid applications like a vacation cabin. The GoalZero Yeti 1250 […]
Roosevelt Island, a sliver of land wedged between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, is home to one of NYC’s greenest residential buildings. Dating back to 1841, the Octagon now houses condos and apartments with an array of luxurious, eco-friendly features.
Today, William Kamkwamba is a student at Dartmouth. But just a few years ago, growing up in the famine-stricken African nation of Malawi, he was just a boy trying to help his family get by. This is the story of his insatiable curiosity and creativity, which led him to tackle the seemingly impossible task of […]
Home improvement giant Lowe’s has announced a plan to offer customers access to Sungevity’s innovative iQuote solar energy assessment system. The in-store process will give homeowners on-the-spot estimates of energy savings from a solar system in their particular area, as well as same-day installation quotes without the need for a home visit.
In Part I of Modern Enviro’s Home Solar Power Guide, we looked at the three basic types of systems available to homeowners. In this section, we’ll explore some of the specific features and technologies needed for a home solar energy system.
Solar energy is clean and free, which means using it to power your home is a wonderful concept. So can you ditch your utility company and rely entirely on the sun’s rays? Well, probably not quite yet for a typical home – but solar power is more practical and affordable than ever before, thanks to […]
The idea of residential solar power is hugely popular. The best solar panels pay for themselves many times over, saving homeowners money while reducing reliance on fossil-fuel-based power plants. Initial installation costs can be a big hurdle though, which is why SunRun’s solar leasing program is booming.
Utilizing a solar water heating system is one of the easiest ways to give a home a major energy efficiency overhaul. Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems offers a solid introduction to the different types of technologies available, and it’s a great resource for homeowners who are considering […]