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Is it on, off, or idling and how to tell

February 17, 2010
I’m sure most of you have heard or read that some appliances still use electricity when they’re “off.” There is no doubt this is true, but how can you tell? Identifying what’s idling and what isn’t (without paying... Read more.

Choosing solar panels

February 16, 2010
There’s a lot of different solar panels out there, and with so many choices, it would be helpful to know what to look for when buying one. I’m going to explain some of that technical jargon. This way you can better understand how or what... Read more.

Buying a simple grid-tie solar system

February 12, 2010
If you’ve done any amount of home improvement, then setting up a simple solar system isn’t a challenge. However, it would be good to know a few basics and what parts you need. Please keep in mind you may have to contact your... Read more.

Understanding plug-in hybrids

February 11, 2010
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are coming, and fast, but how do you find the good ones and what makes them so different from traditional hybrids? The answer lies in the proportion of gas vs. electricity. Getting best bang for... Read more.

Is solar power really affordable?

February 1, 2010
Solar power is affordable… when you consider the result and what solar “power” actually means. Most people think of massive solar panel arrays costing thousands. But solar power is about using the sun to your advantage. You could do... Read more.