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Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...power outages over winter. Contact the manufacturer here, in beautiful Oregon, if you want one and please mention EcoHome! Edison ECO-45 battery/solar powered pellet stove The other zero-electric wood pellet stove we like is the Edison ECO-45 from Drolet, which is perhaps a little easier to imagine in your living r...

High efficiency appliances
Appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

...power 24 hours a day. A charging adaptor or power cord may sit there with nothing attached, but it can still draw energy and generate heat. You end up paying for that power use, and a lot of times you will pay again to remove that heat with your air conditioner. Short of running out and replacing all the electronics ...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...power. The oven, however, requires a larger and more constant supply of power, as a heating element stays on at all times when the oven is heating. I have not been able to find the exact power draw for the stove heating element, but I think that it is around 200 or 300 watts. It would have saved a bit of electricity ...

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

The Trinity portable wind turbine will charge your gadgets on the go.

...powered Bicycle Generator , and its rather lofty claims that one hour of riding can power a house for a day, which simply is not the case. However, with homes that are designed with the goal of reducing energy consumption , small devices like the portable wind turbine or pedal-powered washing machine , pedal-powered bi...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...power affordably, safely, and with limited environmental impact. Feeding power back into the grid can be something of an effective 'storage' solution depending on how your regional power supplier rewards you for your contribution, but that does nothing for you in the face of power outages. Prior to Aquion's saltwat...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...power solutions. And there is no shortage of potential sources - such as tidal power generators , wave generators, and water-main turbines that can generate power under your feet while you stroll down a sloped road. Water main hydroelectric power generating turbine from Lucid Energy How do you know if your elec...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny house, a 96-square-foot structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs” and a 300-watt solar powered electrical system. This semester, his class went one better, ...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...power generation & battery free power storage The forever-changing landscape of the green home building industry sees ideas come and go, and on occasion a game-changing technology or product emerges. The big news lately is in renewable energy - solar power generation, solar power storage, electric vehicles, and a tre...

The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Wind power

The Zoetrope: Open Source DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design

...power, hoping that others might improve the design and functionality. Hence the beauty of open source design. The freely downloadable construction guide includes a list of necessary materials, recommended tools and details the build process. Interested? Cruise over to the Applied Sciences website and check it out f...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...PowerTM can be integrated directly into the surfaces of mobile electronics as an auxiliary power source, with no degradation of device function or display clarity. Among other applications, ClearView PowerTM can also serve as an invisible, power-producing coating for windows, providing an onboard power source for elect...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...power is out. A photovoltaic (PV) solar array that is designed to run the basic systems of your home, excluding heat, likely wouldn't be enough to heat your whole house if you diverted power to heating, but in the event of an extended power outage it might be able to supply you with just enough heat for critical area...