The Chinese Greenhouse was written for individuals who like to grow year-round in greenhouses, even in cold climates, and don’t want to pay a fortune for heating and cooling. It features one highly successful design, the Chinese greenhouse. It is designed to grow warm weather vegetables year-round without supplemental heat. This book explains what’s wrong with conventional greenhouses, ways to design and build an earth-sheltered Chinese greenhouse and many other important topics like short-term and long-term heat banking. It also discusses ways to keep a greenhouse cooler in the summer. Plus, it’s chock full of photos and helpful illustrations to help you from beginning to end.
If you’re interested in living more self-sufficiently or completely self-sufficiently, Your Path to Self-Sufficiency is for you. Based on author Dan Chiras’s more than 40 years of experience, this book will show you how to achieve greater or complete energy self-sufficiency, self-sufficiency in food and water production, health self-sufficiency and also economic and transportation self-sufficiency. This book contains many practical ideas as well as numerous color photographs and drawings that will help you achieve complete self-sufficiency.
Survive in Style was written for the prepper community. It’s also appealing to many others as it contains a wealth of useful information for individuals concerned about surviving natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Each chapter explains immediate things you need to do today to prepare for such disasters, for example, putting up enough food and water to get by or setting up temporary toilets. Each chapter also contains a wealth of information about ways that you can become more self-sufficient in the long run, generating your own energy, producing your own food, supplying yourself with water, and more.
Energy bills have skyrocketed in North America, and traditional energy sources can be as damaging to the environment as they are to your pocketbook. The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy will show you how to slash your home energy costs while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint.
Completely revised and updated, this new edition describes the most practical and affordable methods for making significant improvements in home energy efficiency and tapping into clean, affordable, renewable energy resources. If implemented, these measures will save the average homeowner tens of thousands of dollars over the coming decades.
Focusing on the latest technological advances in residential renewable energy, this guide examines each alternative energy option available, including:
This well-illustrated and accessible guide is an essential resource for those wanting to enter the renewable energy field. Packed with practical tips and guidelines, it gives readers sufficient knowledge to hire and communicate effectively with contractors. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in saving money and achieving energy independence.
Written for the layman, this is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own electricity using the sun. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and solar energy, and guides the reader through site assessment and determining the type of system needed, providing a solid understanding of grid-tied and off-grid systems, along with important guidelines on installation.
Power from the Sun — 2nd Edition discusses types of photovoltaics (PVs) and photovoltaic systems, and includes comprehensive information on recent changes and improvements in PV modules, charge controllers, inverters, batteries, generators, and net metering policies. It offers an excellent overview of the many options available, allowing the reader to make the best choices for their individual situation during the design, installation, and operation of a solar electric system.
This is the definitive guide for homeowners, business owners, installers, architects, and just about anyone interested in lowering energy bills while achieving greater energy independence.
The Scoop on Poop presents a wide range of ways to answer the call of nature, and in so doing maximize the benefits of existing wastewater. This book explores proven alternatives to Western wastewater disposal. Whether you're interested in composting toilets, outdoor greywater or blackwater planters, constructed wetlands, or other innovative solutions, author Dan Chiras will walk you through:
• System pros and cons. • Design, construction and maintenance advice. • Costs, permitting issues and the safe treatment of composted waste.
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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:
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.
Wind power is the fastest-growing source of energy in the world, and by the year 2020 it is projected to supply at least 12 percent of global electrical demand.
Wind Power Basics provides a clear understanding of wind and wind energy systems including turbines, towers, inverters and batteries, site assessment, installation, and maintenance requirements.
Whether you're considering your own small-scale wind energy system or just want a straightforward, detailed introduction to the benefits and challenges of this rapidly emerging technology, Wind Power Basics is the guide for you.
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, including Power From the Wind. He is the 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.