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With Nature (2nd Edition)
Be your own power company and let
Mother Nature provide the energy! By investing in affordable, new
technologies, you can join the thousands of homeowners who get free
electricity from the sun, wind and water. In this updated 2nd edition
of Power With Nature, you'll learn how easy it is to use renewable
energy to become self-sufficient and live well anywhere!
- Off-Grid Solar PV, Wind & Micro-Hydro Systems
- Homeowner Profiles (Personal Power Companies)
- Utility Grid-Tie Options
- Sizing Your Renewable Energy System
- Charge Controllers, Inverters, Batteries
- Putting It All Together Safely
- Heating of House and Water
- Pumping Water
- Worksheets, Maps, Resources, Glossary, Index and much more!
Passive solar heating and passive
cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort
throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil
fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free
for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the
Now Dan Chiras, author of the popular book "The Natural House," brings
those principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts.
In "The Solar House," Chiras sets the record straight on the vast
potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good
intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights
certain egregious errors and shows how to avoid them. More importantly,
Chiras explains in methodical detail how today's home builders can
succeed with solar designs.
Readers will learn:
- How to select a cost-effective,
energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly backup heating system.
- how to preserve indoor air quality in an airtight, energy-efficient
- ways of employing green building materials in a naturally conditioned
Real Goods Solar Living
Do you want to harvest sunlight, wind
or falling water to power your home? Or sell that renewable energy back
to your utility company? Are you looking to build your dream eco-home?
Or to convert to biodiesel and minimize your fossil fuel use?
This fully updated classic of sustainable living technology tells how
and gives you access to the world's most extensive selection of
hardware to make it all happen. The Real Goods Solar Living
Sourcebook-12th Edition is the ultimate resource on renewable energy,
sustainable living, alternative construction, green building,
homesteading, off-the-grid living and alternative transportation,
written by experts with decades of personal experience and a passion
for sharing their knowledge. In print and regularly updated since 1982,
the Sourcebook has sold over 600,000 copies in 44 countries. This 12th
edition includes brand-new sections on solar utility intertie,
alternative sources of fuel (including biodiesel and hydrogen fuel
cells) and hybrid vehicles, and completely rewritten sections on land
and shelter, emergency preparedness and energy conservation, as well as
in-depth sections on:
Sunshine to electricity
From panel to plug
Water and air purification
Composting toilets and graywater systems
Off-the-grid living and homesteading tools
Plus over 150 pages of maps, wiring diagrams, formulae, charts,
electrical code, solar sizing worksheets and much more.
Whether you're a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime
aficionado, the Sourcebook puts the latest research and newest products
at your fingertips-all the information you need to make sustainable
living a reality.
In the wake of mass blackouts and
energy crises, wind power remains a largely untapped resource of
renewable energy. It is a booming worldwide industry whose technology,
under the collective wing of aficionados like author Paul Gipe, is
coming of age. Wind Power guides us through the emergent, sometimes
daunting discourse on wind technology, giving frank explanations of how
to use wind technology wisely and sound advice on how to avoid common
Since the mid-1970s, Paul Gipe has played a part in nearly every aspect
of wind energy’s development—from installing small turbines to
promoting wind energy worldwide. As an American proponent of renewable
energy, Gipe has earned the acclaim and respect of European energy
specialists for years, but his arguments have often fallen on deaf ears
Today, the topic of wind power is cropping up everywhere from the
beaches of Cape Cod to the Oregon-Washington border, and one wind
turbine is capable of producing enough electricity per year to run 200
average American households. Now, Paul Gipe is back to shed light on
this increasingly important energy source with a revised edition of
Over the course of his career, Paul Gipe has been a proponent,
participant, observer, and critic of the wind industry. His experience
with wind has given rise to two previous books on the subject, Wind
Energy Basics and Wind Power for Home and Business, which have sold
over 50,000 copies. Wind Power for Home and Business has become a
staple for both homeowners and professionals interested in the subject,
and now, with energy prices soaring, interest in wind power is hitting
an all-time high.
With chapters on output and economics, Wind Power discloses how much
you can expect from each method of wind technology, both in terms of
energy and financial savings. The book’s updated models, graphics, and
weighty appendixes make it an invaluable reference for everyone
interested in the emerging trend of wind power and renewable energy.
Executive Director of the American Wind Energy Association Randall
Swisher has said, "In the last two decades, no one has done more that
Paul Gipe to bring wind energy to the public’s attention."