Category Archives: Other Clean Technologies

Articles & advice about other clean energy technologies for homes and businesses such as wind, energy efficiency, solar hot water, and geothermal.

Clean Energy Sources: What are the Main Types of Clean Renewable Energy?

With a number of similar terms in the world of renewables, many are wondering what is clean energy and what are the sources associated with it? Understanding the line between dirty energy and clean energy can be more complicated than one might think and our research shows that one of the roadblocks that discourages people from purchasing clean energy systems is the combination of too many options and too little information. To help clear the way forward for everyone, we’ve created the following simple, top-line primer to lay the foundation for learning more about clean energy options that are available to you.

types of clean energy sources

Continue reading

Tesla Powerwall: The Complete Review

2016 Tesla Powerwall review

In 2015, automaker Tesla Motors set its sights on the home energy storage market and announced the launch of its home battery pack, the Tesla Powerwall. In the past, Tesla Motors has been praised for making high-quality electric vehicles, as well as for their ability to reimagine and successfully rebrand existing technologies (in fact, the first electric cars were invented in the 19th century).

Continue reading

Solar Energy vs. Wind Energy: Which is Right for Your Home?

solar vs wind energy

Installing a renewable energy system on your property is one of the best ways to save money on your electricity bills while reducing your impact on the environment. Often, your decision will be between solar energy and wind energy. If you’re a homeowner weighing your renewable energy options, you already know that thorough research is the best way to find the right system for your home. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of residential wind vs. solar so that you can make your decision with confidence.

Continue reading

Tesla solar charger: How much does it cost to charge a Tesla using solar energy?

Tesla EV in front of solar panels

Following the news of Tesla’s acquisition of U.S. solar installer giant SolarCity, the world has been keeping a close eye on Elon Musk and his two prosperous clean energy ventures. Tesla and SolarCity, electric cars and solar panels – a two-front war waged against grid reliance and energy dependence. In 2016, Musktopia is both expanding and constricting as two of the tech entrepreneur’s five companies are joining forces around one common goal: decimating your carbon footprint.

Continue reading

Solar & Smart Thermostats: An Eco-Friendly House

solar and smart thermostats

Solar panels and smart thermostats are two of the most powerful technologies available to help you take control of your home’s energy consumption. By installing solar and a smart thermostat in your home, you can minimize your environmental impact and maximize your clean power use. Here’s why solar panels and smart thermostats are the best way to turn your home into a 21st-century eco-friendly house.

Continue reading

Why You Should Combine Eco Friendly Homes with Solar Panels

Pairing energy efficiency and solar panels

There’s a reason why home energy efficiency measures are referred to as the “low-hanging fruit” of home energy upgrades. Achieving an eco friendly house can be as simple as swapping out incandescent light bulbs for LEDs or installing a programmable thermostat that only heats or cools your home when you’re there to enjoy it. Simple energy efficiency measures are one of the easiest ways to make an investment in your home and reduce your home energy costs – but they will only take you so far. Continue reading

News Roundup: A Solar-Powered Super Bowl, Solar Maintains 60% Growth Rate

Massachusetts solar news EnergySage

If you’re starting to believe that 2016 might just be the #YearofSolar, you’ll love the news out of the solar industry this week: IHS forecasted that solar installations will grow by 60 percent in 2016, Sunrun and SolarCity announced significant investor backing and Massachusetts unveiled $15 million of funding for solar in low-income households. Find these exciting developments and more in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

Continue reading

Solar Water Heating and Solar Space Heaters Explained

Solar water heaters and solar space heating graphic

Curious how the process of thermal heating works with solar water heaters? Read more to find out how these heaters can provide efficient energy alternatives

You already know that solar panels can generate electricity for your home, but that’s not all that solar energy can do. There are other solar technologies that make use of the sun’s thermal energy to help heat up homes and lower one’s heating bills, including solar water heating and solar space heaters.

Continue reading

Do Solar Panels and Electric Cars Work Together?

solar panels and electric cars work together energy sage

Contrary to popular belief, electric cars and solar panels are complimentary goods, not substitutes. Going green is that much easier when you have both!

Shopping for a new car? If you’re looking for one that makes the most financial sense, you should definitely consider an electric car. With high and volatile gas prices, many car shoppers are exploring alternative fuel vehicles such as hybrid or electric cars.

On first blush, these cars may seem more expensive, but if you conduct a full “cost of ownership” analysis, the gap narrows considerably and electric cars may even come out ahead. What’s really amazing, though, is what happens to the cost of owning and operating an electric car when the electricity you use to fuel it is produced by a solar panel system installed at your home or business.  When you add solar panels to the mix, the electric car becomes incredibly economical. Here’s how it works: Continue reading