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Watch Out for These Solar Rebate Scams

Some rebates are real, just read the fine print.

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Is the Tesla Solar Roof Worth It?

It's a big investment up front.

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Should You Get a Tesla Solar Inverter?

It helps convert the power from solar panels.

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Collect Solar Power on Your Patio or Deck

Start harvesting the sun's free energy.

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Solar Power Station Generators—What Can and Can't They Do?

Let the sun provide clean, quiet energy at camp or home.

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The 4 Best Ways to Collect and Recycle Rainwater

Catch rainwater to keep your outdoor areas green and gorgeous.

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How to Winterize a Water Well

Avoid springtime plumbing woes.

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How to Build an Underground Cistern

It can direct water flow away from a building's foundation.

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10 Solar Panels You Can Buy on Amazon

Start a new solar setup or expand your renewable rig.

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6 Tips for Installing RV Solar Panels

RV solar panels are great way of reducing fuel costs.

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Harness Solar Power for Your Home and Garden

5 places you can take advantage of this growing technology.

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5 Rainwater Harvesting Systems to Consider

Don't waste the free water you get from weather.

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4 Advantages of Using Thin Film Solar Panels

Thin film solar panels are made by placing very thin layers of a photosensitive or photovoltaic material

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Making Your Own Sun Jar Solar Lights

Solar lights can save you a lot of money. You can save even more money if you know how to build them

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10 Essential Green Roofing Materials

You need the right supplies to grow things on your roof.

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Benefits of a Compost Accelerator

Should you be using a compost accelerator?

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Connecting a Rain Barrel to a Downspout

Rainwater is free. Why not put it to good use in the garden?

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What to Know About Legal Alternative Energy Installation

Regulations vary widely from place to place.

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5 Ways to Save Money With Alternative Energy

There are more ways than ever to generate free home power.

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How to Build a Wooden Storage Shed with Used Wood

Be resourceful and earth-conscious in your design.

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What CA Home Builders Need to Know About the New Solar Law

Most new residential buildings must have solar panels.

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10 Green Materials that are Way Better than Concrete

They're cheaper, and they're better for the planet.

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Ways to Make Money with Your Solar Panels

Recoup your green investment by doing these three things.

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6 DIY Solar Projects for Your Patio

Solar energy isn't just reserved to your roof!

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How to Build a Green Home

Green building emphasizes connection with natural landscape.

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How to Determine what Size Water Cistern Tank You Need

A cistern tank is a structure used to collect water.

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Green Exterior Home Remodeling Ideas

Replace your home's siding with less waste and fewer toxins.

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How to Make and Apply Your Own Concrete Sealer

It's important to apply a concrete sealer.

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Already Have Solar? Now you Need a Home Battery

If you're not using a home battery, you're losing energy.

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Creative Ways to Save Water in Your Home & Yard

Save water with these simple home hacks!

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How to Make a Simple Bird Bath

Entice your feathered friends to take a dip.

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How to Make Biological Pest Control Work for Your Home

The best way to stop bad insects is with other, better bugs.

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How to Install a Rain Barrel Pump

Rain barrels provide an economical and efficient means to water or irrigate your home’s landscape.

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A Beginner's Guide to Xeriscaping

From mulch to irrigation, here's what you need to know to get started on xeriscaping.

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7 Tips for Cleaning and Sanitizing Water Cistern Tanks

Make sure to clean and sanitize your cistern frequently to ensure a healthy water supply.

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How to Collect Rainwater

Water is one of the most precious resources on the planet.

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6 Ways to Collect Rainwater

Save money by catching this natural resource before it goes down the drain!

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How to Harvest Water Using a Rainwater Cistern

Harvest rainwater in a big way using a cistern at your home.

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7 Ways to Go Eco in the Backyard

From solar lights to rain barrels, it's easier than ever to turn your outdoor oasis into one that doesn't harm the earth.

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How to Design an Energy-Efficient House

These days, energy-efficiency is less an afterthought and more an integration into the building process.

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Sustainable Landscaping 101

With some planning and following the best practices for sustainability, your yard can be green in every sense of the word.

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Safety Practices for Beekeeping

Beekeeping is growing in popularity, but make sure you're taking all the safety precautions possible.

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Grasscrete 101

Combine grass and concrete for a green alternative to a standard walkway or driveway.

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Start a Garden with Recyclables

Starting a garden with a small budget AND want to be environmentally conscientious? The 3 Rs may be just the ticket!