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The Bullitt Center: A Succesful Solar Energy Project in Seattle

Thanks to its SunPower solar photovoltaic array and other green design choices, the Bullitt Center is the most energy-efficient office building in the U.S.

Harness Hydroelectric Power for Off-Grid Energy

Generate off-grid electricity from a private stream with a hydroelectric turbine.

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50 SIMPLE SOUPS FOR THE SLOW COOKER

Lynn Alley, author of The Gourmet Slow Cooker, is famous for creating flavorful homemade meals using the kitchen's most coveted countertop appliance—the slow cooker. Inside 50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker, Alley presents bold combinations for 50 new vegetarian and vegan soup dishes that are as hearty as they are flavorful. A few classics such as Ribollita and French Onion mingle with many unique offerings, including Swedish Rhubarb Raspberry Soup, Garnet Yam Soup with Coconut Cream, and Eggplant Soup with Cumin, Yogurt, and Dill.

There are 15 mouthwatering photographs of steamy, slow-cooked, spoon-to-mouth goodness. A concealed wire-o format ensures ease of use with lay-flat binding and effortless page turns, while the book's 6-1/2-by 6-1/2-inch trim size makes it a handy resource in the kitchen. This is a perfect gift for on-the-go families.

$16.99

GROWING AND USING ECHINACEA E-HANDBOOK

Echinacea is a wonderful herb for keeping colds and the flu at bay. Taken at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms, especially with nasal congestion present, echinacea’s infection-fighting, immune-boosting power is strong and effective medicine.

This e-handbook gives a history of the herb, its uses, how to grow it, recipes for remedies and doses. By keeping this herb on hand and following these instructions, you can ward off that nasty cold or energy-zapping flu. 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!

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Create your own wind-energy on a small scale. This plan helps you create a windcrafter turbine to power such things as a 12-volt DC battery, site lighting, a low-wattage appliance or maintain a charge for a modest battery bank. It can also serve as a low-cost site monitor if you're planning a larger installation and need to determine the feasibility of a particular location.


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$10.00

CREATING THE LOW-BUDGET HOMESTEAD

If you've ever thought about pursuing a self-sufficient lifestyle on your own rural homestead or survival retreat but feared you didn't have the money or skills to do it, you simply must read this book. It’s a gold mine of practical steps and instructions to take you from dreaming about an off-grid, independent lifestyle to living one!

There are hundreds of things to think about before planning and starting your new life, and this book will save you valuable time and money by steering you down productive paths and making you carefully consider others. Just some of the areas it covers include:

  • 4 rules for defining your goals for your homestead or retreat
  • Creative ways to find inexpensive rural property to buy
  • The essential tools, vehicles and skills you will need to succeed
  • 10 rules for a self-sufficient garden
  • Designing the off-grid home so it's warm in winter and cool in summer
  • Questions you must ask before investing in farm animals, livestock or even pets
  • 9 rules for getting along with your country neighbors
  • Tips for working smart, being realistic and avoiding burnout

$25.00

CHICKEN TRACTOR

The definition of a chicken tractor has evolved to mean employing your chickens skill-sets in a variety of different tasks that benefit you, your garden and yard. The chickens peck and scratch the soil to clean your beds, eat pest bugs and weed seeds, and fertilize the beds with their manure. Best of all, they provide eggs and meat with that old-fashioned flavor and homegrown goodness.

Expanded, updated and even more detailed. Learn how to raise homestead flocks for eggs, meat and money. Loads of photos and diagrams make important information visual and easy to understand.

Process birds in your backyard with exact, step-by-step explanations. Over 50 processing photos and diagrams—to let you do it right, efficiently and humanely each and every time.

This incredibly popular hands-on book is a grass-roots best seller. It has helped thousands of folks have better gardens and has rekindled an interest in the backyard flocks and heritage breeds of poultry. It has literally, changed the lives of millions of chickens all over the world by taking them out of factory farms, and putting in the gardens where they are happier, more productive and healthier.

$19.95