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Solar & Alternative Energy How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our solar & alternative energy step-by-step tips & ideas.

Your Guide to Home Solar Panels

Whether you're looking to shrink your carbon footprint or just your monthly expenses, there’s never been a better time to go solar. Keep reading for the lowdown on everything from current tax incentives to new tech choices.


Future House | Robotic Flower Solar Panels

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey sees a robotic, ground-mounted solar array that mimics a sunflower

How to Install Home Solar Storage

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey learns how to add storage to an existing photovoltaic array.


How to Perform a Whole-House Energy Audit

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and a specialist perform a whole-house energy audit


Future House | Drinking Water from Thin Air

Ask This Old House smart technology expert Ross Trethewey finds a solar panel that can generate clean drinking water out of thin air


How to Provide Backup Power without Gas

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron shows off a battery-powered generator that is capable of being charged by solar.


How to Install a Home Wind Turbine

Renewable-energy expert Ross Trethewey shows Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor why Texas is the ideal environment for a wind turbine


How to Install Solar Panels on a Roof

Capturing and converting the sun's energy with This Old House energy expert Ross Trethewey