What is Sustainable Energy?

Sustainable energy is energy that is consumed at insignificant rates compared to its supply and with manageable collateral effects, especially environmental effects.”

Renewable energy is one of the quintessential cornerstones of sustainability. In the homesteading world, investing in renewable energy can be the first step towards living a truly off-grid life. And even if you aren’t in the place to invest in solar panels and wind turbines, there are steps you can take to incorporate renewable energy into your everyday life.

Learn more about what renewable energy works best for your homestead, and learn more about what the cost break down looks like realistically.

Recent Energy Posts

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    Portable Solar Power Systems

    Did you know that the amount of energy produced by all of the world’s nations is still less than the amount of energy provided to Earth by the sun in a single hour? The sun is, without a doubt, the biggest power plant on the planet, and for that reason, everyone who leads a self-sufficient […] More

  • Is Tesla’s Solar Tile Roof Right For You?

    Tesla’s solar roofing tile is now available for pre-order. Should you go for it? Ultimately, Tesla’s goal is for you to use their products to power your home with 100% clean and renewable energy. Tesla’s solar tiles work in tandem with their Powerwall battery pack to power your home and save you money in the […] More

  • Solar Stations

    The solar energy conversation is buzzing with the introduction of Tesla’s solar roofing tiles. But you don’t need to buy a $50,000 solar roof to clean up your energy footprint. There are less expensive ways to dip your toes in the wellspring of solar energy. The answer is a solar station, which also opens the possibility of […] More

  • The Solar Roof That Will Cost The Same As Shingle Roofs

    The way Elon Musk tells it, today’s solar panels have the same problem electric cars once did—they look funny and don’t work that well. He doesn’t think solar-paneled roofs will truly take off until they’re as attractive and as inexpensive as other kinds of roofs. He made his point—with lifesize visual aids—in October 2016 on […] More

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    Solar Drinking Water

    You can use solar power to pump water, you can use solar power to heat water, and you can use use solar power to purify water, but what if you could use solar power to make water. A few dreamers are working toward this reality. In June 2016, Artist Ap Verheggen unveiled WaterCube. Watch the […] More

  • Urine Powered Generator

    Girl Power! Four young Nigerian girls have invented a generator that runs on urine. The invention was first displayed in Lagos, November, 2012, at the 4th annual Maker Faire, a pan-African innovation fair. Three 14-year-olds, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and 15-year-old Bello Eniola are the inventors. How The Urine Powered Generator Works The […] More

  • The 4 Types of Solar Cookers

    Downing trees or gathering sticks to fuel stoves is a major cause of deforestation and desertification. But if you could get that fuel free from the sun… The Panel Solar Cooker The Panel Solar Cooker uses reflective panels to focus sunlight onto a pot. These work best in tropical climates or in the warmer months […] More

  • Toshiba to Get Energy From the Ocean

    The well known Japanese company Toshiba and its perhaps not as well known co-patriate IHI have been tapped to pilot a new ocean energy project that will deploy a phalanx of underwater turbines that float like kites. The project demonstrates once again how legacy companies are transitioning to new clean tech. At a little less […] More

  • Mexico’s Marersa Expands Its Wave Power Offerings

    Maremotrices de Energias Renovables (Marersa) is expanding its wave power offerings. Currently, Marersa has a three megawatt plant at Rosarita in Baja California. They are looking to expand to Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, as well as building more wave power plants in Mexico. More

  • Twenty Hydroelectric Power Facts

    Hydroelectric power accounts for nearly 16% of the world’s electric production. Electricity is produced by water falling through a turbine, either from a natural or artificial waterfall. Hydroelectric generation works equally well on a large scale to provide power to cities or regions or on a small scale to provide power to a single household or project. More

  • Scotland Opens Marine Energy Park

    The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park opened earlier this week. Scotland’s first designated zone for the development of wave and tidal energy will bring together industry and universities to research and develop renewable energy. More

  • Hydropower Grows Steadily Worldwide

    The use of hydropower for electrical generation has grown steadily worldwide. New technologies make hydropower more efficient and less intrusive into the environment and tourist views. This article via sustainablog lays out the numbers in an easy to understand fashion. More

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    Seattle Solar Installation Q&A

    Seattle Solar Electricity Q&A I sat down last week with Amy Beaudoin of West Seattle Natural Energy, a solar & wind energy installer based here in West Seattle. We talked about a bunch of questions that I had as well as questions submitted by readers on topics like: Things you can do to improve your […] More

  • Ilisu Dam – Sinking History

    The Ilisu Dam is a dam under construction in Turkey at the headwaters of the Tigris River. It has generated controversy because 55,000-65,000 people will be forcibly relocated and a city with a 10,000-year history will be flooded. More

  • Should We Give a Dam About Hydro Power?

    The International Commission for Large Dams held its 78th annual meeting recently in Ha Noi, attracting 800 delegates from 90 countries. Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made a speech emphasizing dams and hydro-electricity as a way of dealing with water deterioration and climate change. As Indian Council of Power Utilities President C.V.J Varma […] More

  • Brazil Approves Enormous Hydroelectric Dam in Heart of Amazon

    Brazil has approved an environmental license for the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, bringing criticism from environmentalists for potential damage to the river basin and displacing indigenous peoples, even though the project is touted as a carbon neutral way to meet the region’s power needs. According to […] More