• THE HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY, REVISED & UPDATED

    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:

    • Solar hot water and solar hot air systems
    • Space heat: passive and active solar retrofits and heat pumps
    • Wood heat
    • Passive cooling
    • Electricity from solar, wind, and microhydro
    • Hydrogen, fuel cells, methane digesters, and biodiesel

    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.

    Item: 8273

    Author: Dan Chiras

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PASSIVE SOLAR PRIMER: SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

    Tips, rules-of-thumb, regional characteristics and many other considerations are presented to help readers with passive solar architecture, from initial site selection to visionary design.

    Item: 4400

    Author: DAVID WRIGHT, AIA

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SUN-INSPIRED HOUSE

    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.

    Item: 6710

    Author: Debra Rucker Coleman

    Format: Paperback

  • UNDERGROUND BUILDINGS

    Unusual as they seem, underground buildings are surprisingly common.

    Every day, tens of thousands in North America work, shop, dine, study and play in the more than 300 public and commercial structures and 5,000 private homes nestled in the earth.

    Underground buildings are safe, attractive, useful and comfortable places to frequent and live. Unlike a common misconception, most are dry and warm, and they are often sun-filled. More than 100 underground buildings are included in this fascinating subterranean tour. These buildings range from the famous to the unnoticed. Some were built for pragmatic reasons, others for aesthetic considerations, and still others, for a combination of both.

    There are impressive success stories and discouraging tales of failure. Some underground buildings are incredibly energy-efficient, for example, while others leaked so badly they were abandoned.

    A vast spectrum of structures is presented, ranging from stunning examples of hidden opulence to humble subterranean cubbyholes where unassuming people immerse themselves in nature.

    Item: 7025

    Author: Loretta Hall

    Format: Hardcover

  • WIND POWER BASICS

    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.

    Item: 4505

    Author: Dan Chiras

    Format: Paperback

  • ZERO WASTE HOME

    In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, she, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: They now have more time together, they've cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they've ever been.
    Item: 6822

    Author: Bea Johnson

    Format: Paperback

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