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Batteries Not Included: Why Most Solar Homes Don’t Need Storage

The first question people usually ask after learning that I have solar panels on my roof is whether I bought a battery backup system as well. This makes sense from a basic off grid viewpoint, but not so much in the real world. Most electrical grids have such low levels of renewable generation right now that they can easily act like huge batteries for the small numbers of people who get solar roofs. For grids like this installing individual battery systems is a waste of resources. In this post I’ll try delve into why most solar homes don’t need their own energy storage yet and how this will change in the future.

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Hardware Store Gifts for Toddlers: Durable, Useful, and Fun

The holidays are here again. Americans will spend over $1 trillion in the next month. Much of this will be on worthless junk whose only purpose is to momentarily entertain our kids. If we gave gifts that actually replaced “regular” needed shopping we could save resources while still bringing our kids joy. This year try heading to the hardware store for presents that are fun, useful and money saving.

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