My New Solar RV

My New Solar RV

My new Winnebago View RV (I just bought it this year) is an amazing machine and a home on the road! Best of all are the solar PV panels on the roof! With 300 Watts charging all day, there is really no need for an electrical hookup, which means I can be much more selective when it comes to finding a nice spot to take it camping. Of course, the 3,000 Watt off-grid inverter helps to deliver me all the AC power I need, and a cleanly installed solar...

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Sir Cob-A-Lot and Our New Cob Cabin AirBnB

Sir Cob-A-Lot and Our New Cob Cabin AirBnB

I met Sir Cobalot, aka Miguel Elliott, nee Michael Elliott, many years ago when he helped build the cob bench and walls on our Hops Tipi at the Solar Living Center. The Hops tipi is a gorgeous structure 30 feet in diameter with a rock in the middle that was found in Jackpot, Nevada. It weighs 6 tons and when lifted, an arrowhead was found underneath. How it got there will remain one of the great mysteries of the universe. Miguel reconnected...

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6 Energy Efficiency Home Renovations You Should Make This Year

6 Energy Efficiency Home Renovations You Should Make This Year

By Danielle Hegedus Fall and winter are just around the corner, but updating your home with energy-efficiency upgrades is always in season. Residential electricity rates have risen at a steady rate of 4% over the last 10 years, and there’s no relief in sight. And if you’re planning to sell your home any time in the near future, you’ll likely be selling to a Millennial (according to a recent study by Bank of America,...

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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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Winterizing Your Flooded Lead Acid Solar Batteries

Winterizing Your Flooded Lead Acid Solar Batteries

By Real Goods Solar Tech Noah Mervine Winterization is an important part of wet (flooded) cell battery maintenance. If your renewable energy system’s battery bank uses wet (flooded) lead acid batteries, be sure to follow your battery manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines (or our guidelines below). Note: Our Battery Life Savers Desulphators minimize maintenance and are a great addition to any lead acid battery bank. When permanently...

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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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