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        11.

        TOWARD A ZERO ENERGY HOME

        David Johnston/Scott Gibson
        Paperback

        Price: $13.71

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        A "zero energy" home — a home that produces as much energy as it consumes — is an idea whose time has come. By reduc…

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        A "zero energy" home — a home that produces as much energy as it consumes — is an idea whose time has come. By reducing or eliminating utility bills, zero energy homes offer a new direction for housing in America. It is a win-win for the homeowner, for the planet and for a new generation of builders who are building houses that better meet the energy challenges ahead of us all.

        With unequaled knowledge and a passion for the subject, authors David Johnston and Scott Gibson explore the design and construction of energy self-sufficient houses from start to finish and feature 12 houses that were built for zero energy living.

        About the authors:

        A leader in the green building movement, David Johnston is the author of Green From the Ground Up and founder of Green Building and What's Working. His approach to green building has been embraced by building professionals, municipalities, homeowners and sustainability advocates nationwide. Co-author Scott Gibson is a freelance writer and longtime contributing editor to Fine Homebuilding magazine.

        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 readers. For 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.


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        GEOTHERMAL HVAC

        Jay Egg, Brian Clark Howard
        Hardcover

        Price: $40.84

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        This definitive guide covers commercial and residential geothermal heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technolog…

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        This definitive guide covers commercial and residential geothermal heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technologies and explains how to take advantage of their money- and energy-saving features. Geothermal HVAC: Green Heating and Cooling reviews the array of choices currently available, offers market values for systems based on varying options and conditions, and describes how to pair the best systems for each application and budget. Whether you're a contractor or a consumer, you'll find out what you need to know to implement a geothermal HVAC system in a retrofit or new construction project, and start benefiting from this sustainable, affordable technology.


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        SMALL IS POSSIBLE

        Lyle Estill
        Paperback

        Price: $17.95

        In an era when incomprehensibly complex issues like Peak Oil and Climate Change dominate headlines, practical solutions at a local level can seem somehow inadequate.

        In response, Lyle Est…

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        In an era when incomprehensibly complex issues like Peak Oil and Climate Change dominate headlines, practical solutions at a local level can seem somehow inadequate.

        In response, Lyle Estill's Small Is Possible introduces us to "hometown security," with this chronicle of a community-powered response to resource depletion in a fickle global economy. True stories, springing from the soils of Chatham County, N.C., offer a positive counter balance to the bleakness of our age.

        This is the story of how one small southern U.S. town found actual solutions to actual problems. Unwilling to rely on government and wary of large corporations, these residents discovered it is possible for a community to feed itself, fuel itself, heal itself and govern itself.

        This book is filled with newspaper columns, blog entries, letters and essays that have appeared on the margins of small town economies. Tough subjects are handled with humor and finesse. Compelling stories of successful small businesses from the grocery co-op to the biodiesel co-op describe a town and its people on a genuine quest for sustainability.

        Everyone interested in sustainability, local economy, small business and whole foods will be inspired by the success stories in this book.


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        THE SMART GUIDE TO GEOTHERMAL

        Donal Blaise Lloyd
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        Discover why geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient technology for heating and cooling, and how all homes (new or retrofit, in hot or cold climates) can use this reliable, silent, non-pol…

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        Discover why geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient technology for heating and cooling, and how all homes (new or retrofit, in hot or cold climates) can use this reliable, silent, non-polluting way of extracting free energy from the earth.

        Contents include:

        • Geothermal system options, including open-loop, closed-loop and DX configurations, using horizontal and vertical earth loops
        • The importance of finding a qualified contractor
        • Costs, tax credits and payback issues, plus calculating increased home values
        • Who is using geothermal energy, including the author’s firsthand experiences, home profiles from around the country as well as an overview of commercial/institutional projects
        • How solar electricity can be used to power the system, plus other future trends
        • Unraveling the science and technology of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs)
        • Understanding GHP performance standards, ratings and warranties
        • Comprehensive appendix with helpful resources (such as manufacturers and associations) and a career section for those interested in entering the field.


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        HOME SWEET ZERO ENERGY HOME

        Barry Rehfeld
        Paperback

        Price: $17.95

        Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design and renewable energy production. California has adopted zero net energy a…

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        Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design and renewable energy production. California has adopted zero net energy as the new residential standard for 2020; many other governments are considering similar policies. Developing zero energy homes is the first step toward making all buildings zero energy — a critical step in mitigating climate change as buildings account for 40% of material and energy use worldwide.

        Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is the first practical guidebook that clearly shows how zero energy homes can be good, livable, affordable homes. The author identifies all the pieces of the zero energy puzzle and how they fall into place, and explains how homeowners and buyers can also take smaller steps toward sharply reducing the energy use of existing buildings. Focusing on real costs and savings, this book takes an in-depth look at:

        • Site selection and passive design
        • Insulation, windows, doors and building materials
        • Heating and cooling
        • Appliances and electronics
        • Financial resources and incentives
        Whether you are a prospective buyer, owner or developer, Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is your complete guide to creating a more comfortable, efficient, environmentally friendly home without breaking your back or your bank account.


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        SOLAR HOME HEATING BASICS

        Dan Chiras
        Paperback

        Price: $12.95

        As fossil fuel supplies dwindle, home heating will be one of the major challenges in temperate and cold climates. The reserves of natural gas used to heat the majority of North American buildings are …

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        As fossil fuel supplies dwindle, home heating will be one of the major challenges in temperate and cold climates. The reserves of natural gas used to heat the majority of North American buildings are rapidly being depleted. This latest Green Energy Guide helps readers who want to slash their energy bills and reduce their dependence on scarce resources to navigate the sometimes-confusing maze of clean, reliable and affordable options.

        Solar Home Heating Basics focuses on renewable energy strategies to heat new and existing homes and small businesses. These include:

        • Energy efficiency, weatherization and insulation
        • Solar hot air heating
        • Solar thermal systems
        • Passive solar heating
        • Backup heating systems.
        While most solar home heating resources are geared primarily towards new buildings, this practical and easy-to-understand guide also addresses ways of retrofitting existing buildings, making solar a reality for many people.

        Packed with all the essential information home and small-business owners need to find alternatives to conventional heating solutions, Solar Home Heating Basics is your key to a personal energy.


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        THE HOMEOWNER'S HANDBOOK TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY

        John Krigger, Chris Dorsi
        Paperback

        Price: $24.95

        In The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency, John Krigger and Chris Dorsi help readers set realistic personal goals for reducing energy consumption. Their methods for making homes more energy eff…

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        In The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency, John Krigger and Chris Dorsi help readers set realistic personal goals for reducing energy consumption. Their methods for making homes more energy efficient will also improve comfort, safety, durability and resale value. They guide homeowners through the process of assessing current energy usage, as well as predicting the benefits and estimating the costs of remodeling options. With projects ranging from simple fixes to large-scale renovations, this book offers solutions for the energy-conscious homeowner, regardless of budget, technical ability or time.


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        THE INTEGRAL URBAN HOUSE: SELF RELIANT LIVING IN THE CITY

        Sim Van Der Ryn,Helga Olkowski
        Paperback

        Price: $29.95

        The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City is a comprehensive guide to achieving a completely sustainable urban lifestyle by creating a mini-ecosystem where residents grow their own fru…

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        The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City is a comprehensive guide to achieving a completely sustainable urban lifestyle by creating a mini-ecosystem where residents grow their own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens, rabbits, and fish, recycle 90% of their waste, solar heat their hot water, and use a variety of other alternative technologies—all on a 1/8-acre city lot. Long considered the bible of urban homesteading, this book is the result of four years of living with and refining the systems of the Integral Urban House in Berkeley, California — a collaborative project which combined the collective skills of the members of the Farallones Institute to develop a center for creating and testing experimental, ecologically stable and resource-conserving living systems. With its vision of an intimate connection between the urban habitat and ecological principles The Integral Urban House will inspire and empower people to act within their own communities to create places where they can live more sustainably.


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        THE CONSUMER GUIDE TO HOME ENERGY SAVINGS, 10TH EDITION

        J Amann, A Wilson, K Ackerly
        Paperback

        Price: $18.95

        Increasing the energy efficiency of your home can save you money, help the environment and enhance your comfort, but how do you decide which improvements are the most beneficial and cost-effective? Co…

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        Increasing the energy efficiency of your home can save you money, help the environment and enhance your comfort, but how do you decide which improvements are the most beneficial and cost-effective? Completely revised to incorporate the latest developments in green technology, The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings is the definitive resource for consumers who want to better their home's performance while reducing their energy bills.

        Well-organized and highly readable, The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings begins with an overview of the relationships between energy use, economics and the environment. Updated and expanded chapters focus on specific aspects of any home, such as heating and cooling, ventilation, electronics, lighting, cooking and laundry, and provide helpful explanations for each, including:

        • Energy use characteristics
        • Comparisons between available technologies
        • Cost-effective repair and replacement options
        • Step-by-step guidance for finding the right equipment
        This comprehensive resource is packed with tips on improving existing equipment and guidance for when and why to invest in new purchases, as well as a reminder to check local government and utilities for purchase or retrofit grants or incentives. It is a must-read for anyone concerned about reducing both their energy bills and their environmental impact.


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        THE SUN-INSPIRED HOUSE

        Debra Rucker Coleman
        Paperback

        Price: $29.95

        The Sun-Inspired House evolved from the questions about passive solar, passive cooling, energy efficiency and green building that home owners, builders, engineers and architects asked author Debra Ruc…

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        The Sun-Inspired House evolved from the questions about passive solar, passive cooling, energy efficiency and green building that home owners, builders, engineers and architects asked author Debra Rucker Coleman over the last 25 years. Although the book includes more than 50 house plans, its primary benefit comes from its in-depth coverage of passive solar home design, green building, energy-efficient construction, working with architects and many other resources.

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