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A Southern California family covers all of the electricity needs of their suburban home with solar power.

what the heck?

Joe Schwartz

Amp-hour meter.

fridge efficiency

John Bertrand

A solar energy user in Hawaii increases the efficiency of his family's refrigerator.

hot water how to

Chuck Marken & Ken Olson

How to install a closed loop antifreeze solar domestic hot water system—Part 2.

solar history

John Perlin

The silicon photovoltaic cell is 50 years old!

Scott Ely, with teachers and students from both Boulder, Colorado and Laguna San Ignacio,

Scott Ely, with teachers and students from both Boulder, Colorado and Laguna San Ignacio,

Tom Lane

The basics of installing a solar pool heating system—Part 2.

70 veggie fuel

Gary Liess

A three-car family runs entirely on straight vegetable oil.

76 RE view

AJ Rossman & Joe Schwartz

The Watts Up? Pro kilowatt-hour meter.

82 guerrilla efficiency


A guerrilla action saves energy and prevents a potential fire at a mountain lodge in Washington State.

86 fuel alternatives

Shari Prange

The pros and cons of different combustion fuels—vegetable oil, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, and alcohol.

92 what the heck?

Joe Schwartz

Charge controller.


8 From Us to You

Richard Perez

A new look for Home Power.

94 Code Corner John Wiles

Code calculations for an off-grid PV system.

104 Independent

Power Providers

Don Loweburg

Following the fight against exit fees.

108 Power Politics

Michael Welch

Not War—ANWR, energy bill, & FERC admits CA gouged.

112 Word Power

Ian Woofenden


114 Home & Heart

Kathleen Jarschke-Schultze

Life on the river.

122 Wizard Speaks

The Wiz


132 Ozonal Notes

Richard Perez

Meet the Home Power crew—old & new.

80 HP Subscription Form

81 HP Business

118 Renewable Energy Happenings

124 Letters to

Home Power

138 Q&A

142 Micro Ads

144 Advertisers Index from us to you

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Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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