Category Archives: Energy

Every Tiny House Should Have a Solar Oven

The folks at Solavore sent me a solar oven to test – a Solavore Sport. This is not a paid promotion, they just sent it to me to review with no strings attached. My first hand-on introduction to solar cooking was back in the early 1990’s when I was in college. I lived in Albuquerque, […]

Can Off-Grid Solar Power Air Conditioning?

Off-Grid homes often don’t have air conditioners. This is simply due to the fact that air conditioners pull a lot of power, especially when they start-up. Off-grid power systems are typically comprised of three main groups of components: Input – This is the power source which is typically photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbines, and on the rare occasion, […]

SolMan by Sol Solutions

This is a small portable power generator that delivers up to 1,200 watts of AC power and includes one 135 watt photovoltaic panel, three 100 amp/hour deep cycle sealed batteries, charge controller, watt meter, 1200 watt inverter/charger, and external AC/DC outlets. 1,200 watts isn’t a whole lot of electricity by grid standards but it’s enough […]

How to build a solar wall heater from recycled cans

One of my newest favorite blogs is The Good Human. It’s run by a fellow named David up in Taos, New Mexico. Normally he doesn’t cover how-to topics but the other day I spotted this post on a little solar wall heater he made out of empty aluminum cans. It was a bit involved to […]