• 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.

    Item: 2504

    Author: Rex A. Ewing and Doug Pratt

    Format: Paperback

  • GREEN TRANSPORTATION BASICS

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    Green Transportation Basics is a guide to greening your personal driving habits by dramatically improving the efficiency of an existing vehicle using simple measures such as trip planning and regular maintenance to improve fuel economy. This handy guide also explores the most promising new green cars and trucks, including electric vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and natural-gas cars. And it critically examines sustainable fuels including ethanol, biodiesel, straight vegetable oil, hydrogen and biomethane, evaluating each according to a set of established criteria. Each green fuel source must:

    • be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable
    • have a high net energy yield
    • be clean, abundant, renewable and affordable.
    Don't let your dream of greening your transportation idle – Green Transportation Basics will guide you through the myths and misconceptions and provide clear options for the road to a more sustainable future.

    About the Author
    Dan Chiras is a respected educator and author who has published more than 25 books on residential renewable energy and green building. He is the founder and director of The Evergreen Institute, where he teaches workshops on small wind energy systems, solar electricity, passive solar design, energy efficiency, and green and natural building.

    Item: 4595

    Author: DAN CHIRAS

    Format: Paperback

  • GROWING TOMORROW

    Interest in local, sustainable food is at an all-time high. Devotees of farmers market and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, backyard homesteaders, and community gardeners all want to know more (much more) about how our food is raised. Now, seventh-generation farmer and author Forrest Pritchard introduces us to 18 heroes of the sustainable food movement.

    Item: 7689

    Author: Forrest Pritchard

    Format: Hardcover

  • GUERILLA FURNITURE DESIGN

    This innovative collection features 35 simple, inexpensive projects that you can make from salvaged and upcycled materials: cardboard, metal, plastic and wood. The projects include tables, shelving units, chairs, lamps, and more, in a variety of styles.

    Item: 7612

    Author: Will Holman

    Format: Paperback

  • HOW TO BUILD AN UNDERGROUND HOUSE

    You can build an underground home or earth sheltered house with this guide and plans from underground building authority Malcom Wells.

    Item: 632

    Author: Malcolm Wells

    Format: Paperback

  • LIVING OFF THE GRID

    In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don’t have to come off the public utility grid—alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint and the rural self-sufficiency enthusiast, Living Off the Grid can help anyone take control of his or her life and way of living.

    Item: 8546

    Author: DAVID BLACK

    Format: Paperback

  • MAKING BETTER BUILDINGS

    Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach.

    Item: 7048

    Author: Chris Magwood

    Format: Paperback

  • MICROSHELTERS

    Created by a wide array of builders and designers around the United States and beyond, these 59 unique and innovative structures show you the limits of what is possible. Each is displayed in full-color photographs accompanied by commentary by author Derek “Deek”Diedricksen . In addition, Diedricksen includes six sets of building plans by leading designers to help you get started on a microshelter of your own. You’ll also find guidelines on building with recycled and salvaged materials, plus techniques for making your small space comfortable and easy to inhabit.

    Item: 7812

    Author: Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

    Format: Paperback

  • MINI FARMING - SELF-SUFFICIENCY ON 1/4 ACRE

    Here is a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family's food on just one-quarter acre — and earn $10,000 in cash annually. This is not back-to-the-land utopianism, but a tested and pragmatic method that can be applied in small lots in rural, suburban and even urban areas. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, Brett Markham's advice will teach you what you need to know:

    • Saving, buying, starting, and selecting seeds
    • Maintaining and improving soil
    • Preventing and eradicating pests and diseases
    • Compost, crop rotation, and timing
    • Using organic methods
    • Garden planning to meet dietary requirements
    • Raising poultry
    • Raising and pruning fruits and nuts
    • Canning, freezing, and dehydrating
    • Selling your excess produce for top dollar
    • And more!

    More than just a how-to guide for self-sufficiency, Mini Farming teaches you the underlying principles of mini-farming so you will have the knowledge to make your own unique applications. Materials, tools and techniques are detailed with over a hundred photographs, tables, diagrams and illustrations.

    Item: 4412

    Author: Brett L. Markham

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS ALMANAC: A GUIDE THROUGH THE SEASONS

    The 1970s classic has been out of print for years. Now, updated for today's readers and back in print, its information is as useful as ever. It contains instructions and illustrations for everything from harnessing solar energy to cultivating a sustainable garden to learning how to keep bees. Simply put, Mother Earth News Almanac is designed to empower readers to be self-sufficient.

    Item: 7868

    Author: Mother Earth News

    Format: Paperback

  • ROSEMARY GLADSTAR'S MEDICINAL HERBS: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

    With Rosemary Gladstar's expert advice, anyone can make their own herbal remedies for common ailments, such as aloe lotion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief. Gladstar profiles 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants and then shows you exactly how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use them. Stock your home medicine chest with safe, all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations, and enjoy better health!

    Item: 5948

    Author: Rosemary Gladstar

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ART AND CRAFT OF WOOD

    Where people live, trees live. They provide shade, beautify our neighborhoods, filter our water, and clean our air, but when they die, we often don't know what to do with them. More and more, that is changing as we learn the skills to reclaim those trees as lumber. Aimed at the woodworking hobbyist or aspiring DIYer, The Art and Craft of Wood introduces readers to the basics of wood craft.

    The Art and Craft of Wood will inspire you to make something of your own through simple, approachable instructions and inspiring step-by-step photos. As a reader, you will learn valuable skills, including:

    • Where to find wood that you can reclaim for your own use
    • How to mill, stack, dry, and flatten your log into useable lumber
    • Create a variety of useful household furnishings in 7 step-by-step projects ranging in difficulty from novice to more complicated
    • What to do with leftover material, such as making firestarters and animal bedding

    The authors have lived the process and share what they learned along the way, including the fulfillment of crafting a beautiful, practical item from wood that has been overlooked or discarded.

    Item: 8336

    Author: Silas Kyler, David Hildreth

    Format: Hardcover

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