Sustainable homebuilders welcome Tesla's home energy storage system

Sustainable homebuilders welcome Tesla's home energy storage system

As homebuilders respond to demand for solar power system, Tesla's Powerwall system helps solve the renewable energy storage crisis.

Does renewable energy really save money?

Does renewable energy really save money?

The argument that an increase in renewable energy in the United States means more expensive electricity has pervaded the debate on renewables versus fossil fuels for decades.

Tax credits for home energy upgrades in force for 2014

Tax credits for home energy upgrades in force for 2014

Qualified U.S. homeowners can take advantage of tax incentives for adding energy efficient features to their homes in 2014. The good folks at RESNet offer a good overview of the federal tax incentives available for the 2014 tax season.

Energy efficiency programs cost 2 to 3 times less than generating more power

Energy efficiency programs cost 2 to 3 times less than generating more power

According to a new report released today by ACEEE, energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the...

Ready to make electricity at home? Going off the grid will be easier by 2025

Ready to make electricity at home? Going off the grid will be easier by 2025

A new report indicates that it will be easier for homeowners to defect from the electric grid by 2025. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), HOMER Energy and CohnReznick Think Energy (CRTE) released a report detailing the potential for appreciable customer...

Radiant floor heating systems work well with alternative energy sources

Radiant floor heating systems work well with alternative energy sources

Many electric radiant floor heating systems are compatible with alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, and hydro power. The direct current generated by solar panels is passed to an inverter for producing alternating current so that the electricity can be used by appliances in the home. For example, systems from FloorHeat System Inc.

New battery system could solve the problem of solar energy storage

New battery system could solve the problem of solar energy storage

As the use of solar, wind and other renewable energy sources grows, one missing piece of the puzzle has been storage. "For years, the stumbling block for making renewable energy practical and dependable has been how to store electricity for...

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