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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SECRETS

Stephen D. Chastain
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Alternative Energy Secrets focuses on overlooked fuels. In its pages, you'll find extensive information regarding waste oils and their inexpensive conversion to useful fuels. Also included are plans f…

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Alternative Energy Secrets focuses on overlooked fuels. In its pages, you'll find extensive information regarding waste oils and their inexpensive conversion to useful fuels. Also included are plans for a super fast oil collector trailer that picks up 200 gallons in a few minutes and does not form water emulsion like a gear pump will. Author Stephen Chastain describes oil cracking, blending, filtering, testing, and the construction of centrifuges to clean waste oils and make them suitable for use in home heating or as diesel fuel. Also covered is the construction of waste oil burners and heaters, tips on off-grid power generation and converting your car to diesel. This book is a practical how to text containing very unusual material. A must have for alternative energy users!

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OLD-TIME COUNTRY WISDOM & LORE

Jerry Mack Johnson
Paperback

Price: $19.99

You'll learn to go back to the simple life of the countryside with this mammoth guide of traditional country skills for simple living. Old-Time Country Wisdom &. Lore is a homespun encyclopedia of classic country know-how. This handy reference guide is filled with now-forgotten rural skills, foods, and crafts harkens back to a simpler time. Packed with more than 1,000 projects, pastimes, recipes and down-home truths along with more than 400 vintage illustrations.

A grand encyclopedia of country lore by famed Texas folklorist Jerry Mack Johnson, covering water witching, maple syruping, weather wisdom, country remedies and herbal cures, cleaning solutions, pest purges, bird migrations and animal lore, firewood essentials, adobe making and bricklaying, leather working, plant dyes, farm foods, natural teas and tonics, granola, bread making, beer brewing and winemaking, jams and jellies, canning and preserving, sausage making and meat smoking, drying foods, down-home toys, papermaking, candle crafting, homemade soaps and shampoos, Christmas wreaths and decorations, butter and cheese making, fishing and hunting secrets, and much more.

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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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SURVIVING THE APOCALYPSE IN THE SUBURBS

Wendy Brown
Paperback

Price: $19.95

In the latter half of the twentieth century, the percentage of the total American population living in suburbs grew to nearly 50 percent. Fossil fuels were cheap and plentiful, and car-dependent, ener…

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In the latter half of the twentieth century, the percentage of the total American population living in suburbs grew to nearly 50 percent. Fossil fuels were cheap and plentiful, and car-dependent, energy-intensive lifestyles came hand-in-hand with this demographic transition. In the age of Peak Oil, environmental catastrophe and a failing economy it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs envisions a suburban evolution -- from isolated cookie-cutter houses with manicured lawns and 2-car garages to small, closely packed, productive, interdependent homesteads. This guide to simplifying suburbia and adopting a lower energy lifestyle breaks down all our basic needs and describes how they might be met after the loss of the modern conveniences we currently take for granted. From small-space gardening techniques and a guide to small livestock, to tips on cooking, heating, and sanitation options and much more, this is a complete guide to becoming more self-sufficient wherever you live.

Required reading for anyone interested in increased self-reliance and a lower carbon footprint, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs will help you look past the white picket fence to a new world of possibilities.

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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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SERIOUS MICROHYDRO

Scott Davis
Paperback

Price: $29.95

Waterpower is the largest source of renewable energy in the world today, and microhydro is a mature, proven technology that can provide clean, inexpensive, renewable energy with little or no impact on…

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Waterpower is the largest source of renewable energy in the world today, and microhydro is a mature, proven technology that can provide clean, inexpensive, renewable energy with little or no impact on the environment.

Serious Microhydro brings you dozens of firsthand stories of energy independence covering a complete range of systems, from household pressure sites to higher pressure installations capable of powering a farm, business or small neighborhood. Topics include:

  • Low, medium, and high head sites
  • AC-only systems as well as ones using a battery/inverter subsystem
  • Stand-alone power supply or grid intertie setups
  • Hybrid systems (combined with photovoltaics or wind)
With all the variables involved in microhydro, there is no "typical" system. These case studies represent the most comprehensive collection of knowledge and experience available on tailoring an installation to meet the needs of a site and its owner/operators. If you are considering building a system, you are bound to find a wealth of creative solutions appropriate to your own circumstances.

Serious Microhydro shows how scores of people are achieving a high standard of living from local energy sources with a minimal ecological footprint. It has particular appeal to home owners, teachers, renewable energy professionals, activists and decision makers who want to understand the technology from a "hands on" perspective.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO ENERGY SAVINGS E-BOOK


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Price: $6.99

You'll save money on home energy bills for years to come with this convenient collection of recent articles from The Original Guide to Living Wisely. The Guide to Energy Savings E-book is filled with …

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You'll save money on home energy bills for years to come with this convenient collection of recent articles from The Original Guide to Living Wisely. The Guide to Energy Savings E-book is filled with information on solar heating options, plus natural cooling methods for your house. If you want to heat your home for free, you can find instructions for building a DIY solar heating system. And if you're planning to remodel or build a new home, this special edition includes our best articles to help you make your home super-energy efficient by tapping the free energy of the sun.

Considering new, energy-efficient appliances or windows? Maybe even heating with a woodstove? Learn what you need to know to spend your money wisely. Compiled in this guide is a set of the most informative, most up-to-date articles available from Mother Earth News to educate you on all relevant aspects of home energy savings, from building a simple solar heater to brewing your own biofuels and more. In addition, The Guide to Energy Savings E-book includes a 3-page directory of even more resources related to home solar energy systems and energy efficiency.

Packed inside the pages of The Guide to Energy Savings E-book are hundreds of great ideas for any home, including articles on:

  • Easy energy improvements
  • Emergency power options
  • Small-scale wind power
  • Solar space heating
  • Best bets for solar hot water
  • Expert advice on wood heat
  • And much more!

Save big on energy costs for an entire lifetime with the tips and solutions in The Guide to Energy Savings E-book.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS, 2 EDITION E-BOOK


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Price: $6.99

Mother Earth NewsGuide To Living on Less, 2nd Edition E-book

Are you looking for simple ideas to save money? The Mother Earth NewsGuide to Living on Less, 2nd Edition E-book has dozens of …

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Mother Earth News Guide To Living on Less, 2nd Edition E-book

Are you looking for simple ideas to save money? The Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less, 2nd Edition E-book has dozens of ideas to help you save money on food, housing and energy, while also living a greener life.

The articles featured are fun and will help you save a few dollars. Some tips and advice included in these articles include:

  • Cutting food bills in half by growing and cooking your own food at home.
  • Solar plans fit for any home.
  • Knowledgeable advice about farm animals, ranging from chickens to pigs to cattle.
This informative guide can teach you how to grow $700 of food in 100 square feet. Learn how to get the most food from a small area in your yard.

You'll also find articles on backyard beef, building a simple solar heater, growing fruit trees, raising chickens and much more!

Get ready, it’s time to start living on less and loving it!

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DVD; HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE

Ben Nelson
DVD

Price: $29.99

Learn to build your own electric motorcycle with this instructional Two-Disc Set!

BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE contains everything an entry-level builder needs to create their own cle…

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Learn to build your own electric motorcycle with this instructional Two-Disc Set!

BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE contains everything an entry-level builder needs to create their own clean, fun transportation. The Video DVD contains two and a half hours of instruction on motors, motor controllers, batteries, chargers, and design tips and tricks.

The DVD-ROM disc contains computer files of the project, including over 600 digital still photos of the entire conversion process, recommended reading list, useful web links, information on controllers, including the Open ReVolt, and motor diagram.

This makes a fantastic summer project! (Or a winter project! Build it in your basement! There’s not gas or oil involved!) And gives a person a way to have a fantastic transportation option!

If you want an electric vehicle, but are concerned about how they might run in the winter, or how it would handle air conditioning, or that you don’t have enough space in the garage for another car….. Then an electric motorcycle is for you!

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DO ONE GREEN THING

Mindy Pennybacker
Paperback

Price: $9.34

CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $16.99. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

If you can only read and reference one green thing, make it this book: an easily comprehensible, clearly presented…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $16.99. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

If you can only read and reference one green thing, make it this book: an easily comprehensible, clearly presented source for green living. Everything you need to know is right here at your fingertips. Unlike a lot of other overwhelming green guides on the market, this is green decision making in bite-sized pieces. With choose it/lose it comparisons throughout, now it's simple to figure out it’s worth switching to a green detergent, what kind of plastic your sports bottle is made of, or which fish is safest to eat. Rather than spending time trying to figure out how best to go green, use this book and devote that time to making the difference.

About the Author:
Mindy Pennybacker was editor-in-chief of THE GREEN GUIDE for over a decade, as well as co-founder of the affiliated website. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Sierra and The Nation, among others. This book grew out of her long-standing commitment to answering readers' questions about green living.

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