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GOT SUN? GO SOLAR;

If you're considering a solar or wind system for your home or business, this solar power guide is a valuable resource. In Got Sun? Go Solar, the authors explain how installing a solar or wind system is an economically attractive and environmentally responsible option.

From Vermont to California, homeowners are plugging in to a hot new idea — reducing or eliminating their electric bills by using free energy from the sun and wind. In this straight-talking new solar power guide, authors Rex Ewing and Doug Pratt tell other grid-connected homeowners how to capture alternative energy and put it to use in their home.

Renewable energy is going mainstream, thanks to affordable new technologies with rebates and incentives from many states. Today more and more homeowners believe that installing a home RE system is the economically-attractive and environmentally-responsible thing to do. Whether they install a solar/wind system to benefit their checkbooks or to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, they also enjoy the added independence of a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

This solar power guide covers battery backup versus non-battery systems, as well as equipment needed and installation considerations. Other topics include legal and safety issues, incentives/rebates, and permits and paperwork. An extensive appendix of resources, state energy offices, system sizing worksheets, and much more turns this 160-page book (filled with more than 120 photos and illustrations) into a must-have book for anyone interested in exploring their power options.

Contents:

  • Why invest in renewable energy for your home?
  • Is it legal and safe?
  • How solar electricity works
  • Batteries or not?
  • Sizing your system
  • Got Wind?
  • What does it cost?
  • Any financial help out there?
  • Permits and Paperwork
  • The Nuts and Bolts: what to look for, what to avoid
  • Who does the installation?
  • Appendix: manufacturers, web resources, state energy offices, sizing worksheets, glossary and more

About the authors:

The authors of this solar power guide know firsthand how these systems work. Rex Ewing, author of Power With Nature has lived off-the-grid in the Colorado Rockies since 1999. Doug Pratt, the former technical editor of the Solar Living Sourcebook, lives in a grid-tied home in northern California, and has been on the front lines of the renewable energy revolution since 1985.

Recommended product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books to its readers. For nearly 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America's "Original Guide to Living Wisely," creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

$20.00

CHEESE & DAIRY MADE AT HOME;

BackHome Magazine praised the Made at Home series for its "uncomplicated and easy-to-understand format that is designed to encourage rather than intimidate the reader." Continuing that format, Cheese and Dairy shows how shoppers can avoid the dairy cooler and make their own creamy products.

The book contains six sections, beginning with guidance on how to set up a dairy in a home kitchen for cooking, airing, drying and aging, the equipment needed, and using starter cultures.

Two sections, Milk and Cream, cover the types of milk (cow, sheep, goat, buffalo), cooking, souring and storage. Simple instructions show how to make sour cream, crème fraîche and more, and recipes include Portuguese Custard Tarts, Spinach Soup and Strawberry Milkshake.

Butter provides instruction on making salted and unsalted butters, clarified butter, ghee, buttermilk, and butter sauces, as well as how to cook with butter. Recipes include Granny's Buttermilk Pancakes and Lemon Sole with Beurre Noisette.

Yogurt demonstrates how easy it is to make the incredibly popular and healthy treat at home, such as Basic Yogurt, Greek-style and Kefir, with tasty recipes that include Gourmet and Frozen Yogurts.

Cheese includes essential methods for Cottage Cheese, Whey Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, Mascarpone, Goat Cheese, Feta, Halloumi, Mozzarella, Semisoft Cheeses, Hard Cheeses, Waxed Cheeses, and Blue Cheese, as well as Serving, Tasting and Wine Pairing.

Presented in a simple format with clear pictures and nontechnical instructions, the Made at Home series is the ideal starting point for anyone looking to take control of their food in terms of both quality and taste.

$19.95

GROWING HERBS FOR COLD AND FLU RELIEF E-HANDBOOK;

Healing with plants is not a new idea by any means. For centuries, people have used plants from their own environments to heal their ailments and to support their health. If you like plants that are healing, practical, decorative, tasty, nutritious, fragrant and otherwise useful, grow a gardenful of herbs.

Each of the herbs in this e-handbook is specially suited for soothing and relieving coughs, sore throats, and congestion that come with colds and flu. You'll find instructions on growing herbs including cayenne, echinacea, garlic, peppermint and thyme, plus recipes for homemade cold and flu remedies including:

  • Peppermint Inhalation
  • Stimulating Rosemary Bath
  • Thyme-infused Honey
  • Catnip Tea
  • Echinacea Tincture
  • Dual-purpose Ginger Stir-fry
  • Garlicky Herbal Broth


Expand your medicine chest to include herbal teas, tinctures, infusions and even stir-fry dishes that will chase away the symptoms that have you hiding under a blanket! 36 pages.

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Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

$9.95

NATURE'S OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS: THE TRUE BIOTECHNOLOGIES;

This second volume in Sierra Club Books' Bioneers Series, Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel has gathered reports from scientific innovators on such diverse topics as biomimicry, "living technologies" and ecologically sound design for industries and buildings.
$16.95