Top Home Improvements to Pair with a New Home Solar PV Installation

Top Home Improvements to Pair with a New Home Solar PV Installation

By Erin Vaughan Once you go solar, you never look back…or you do, and realize that a lot of that free energy is going to waste in your home. A plethora of inefficient appliances, aging windows and doors, and low-rated heating and cooling equipment can gobble down that free solar energy fast, forcing you to rely on a costly or fuel-heavy generator instead. For many homeowners, the dollar-to-kilowatt cost to run their households becomes a...

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15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s PartSelect.com post on duct tape hacks. Alison submitted this version for Real Goods. With its sticky interior and waterproof exterior, duct tape has long been known for both its utility and its versatility. But its true potential is often overlooked and underappreciated. So just how useful is this stuff? Duct Tape for Gear Repair You can use duct tape to mend a broken ski or tent pole, patch an...

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When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

By Hannah West The promises of a residential solar energy system may start to feel a little iffy when you’re looking down the barrel of a big investment. Are lower (or nonexistent) utility bills, environmental stewardship, and energy independence enough to balance out an initial price tag of tens of thousands of dollars? Well, that depends on how soon your PV solar system starts to pay off. When you ask how long before you start to see a...

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Exploring Primitive Camping for Off-Grid Enthusiasts

Exploring Primitive Camping for Off-Grid Enthusiasts

By Sally Keys For some people, camping is a way to enjoy an affordable vacation and a chance to get to spend some time in nature. For others, camping is a way of life. There are plenty of people who have crisscrossed the US, camping for free – or very low cost – at primitive campsites (often referred to as backcountry campsites). If you’re committed to going off-grid or have fully embraced an off-the-grid lifestyle, primitive...

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8 Foods That Magically Regrow

8 Foods That Magically Regrow

By Stephanie Lynch When you think about how vegetables or fruits grow, you probably think about a seed, right? While you’re technically right, did you know there’s another way to regrow some fruits and vegetables from the scraps when you’re done eating it? As long as the scraps are fresh and you’re giving it the right environment, you won’t have to go the grocery store or buy seeds again! Check out these 8 fruits...

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