The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors

The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors

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by Tamara Dean
     
 

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"The Human-Powered Home is a level-headed book which focuses on informing and entertaining. There is no utopian hyperbole, just useful facts and anecdotes that provide the foundation necessary to take appropriate action. Dean has produced an accessible primer for novices in the area of people power as well as a book that is thorough enough to benefit even

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"The Human-Powered Home is a level-headed book which focuses on informing and entertaining. There is no utopian hyperbole, just useful facts and anecdotes that provide the foundation necessary to take appropriate action. Dean has produced an accessible primer for novices in the area of people power as well as a book that is thorough enough to benefit even experienced tinkerers. - Joel Gillespie, Momentum Magazine

"Tamara Dean, author of The Human Powered Home, doesn't want anyone to get the wrong idea. Creating one's own power is not an easy undertaking. But it can be very energizing. The bicycle is the real hero in the book. There are photos and descriptions of dozens of jury-rigged devices, built to do everything from wash clothes to make soap to power laptops. While it's a thorough guide for confident do-it-yourselfers, the book also details how pedal and treadle power can make life-changing differences globally." - Marsha Walton, Mother Nature Network

What if I could harness this energy? An unusual question for anyone putting in a long stint on a treadmill perhaps, yet human power is a very old, practical, and empowering alternative to fossil fuels. Replacing motors with muscles can be considered a political act—an act of self-sufficiency that gains you independence.

The Human-Powered Home is a one-of-a-kind compendium of human- powered devices gathered from a unique collection of experts. Enthusiasts point to the advantages of human power:

  • Portable and available on-demand
  • Close connection to the process or product offers more control
  • Improved health and fitness
  • The satisfaction of being able to make do with what is available

This book discusses the science and history of human power and examines the common elements of human-powered devices. It offers plans for making specific devices, grouped by area of use, and features dozens of individuals who share technical details and photos of their inventions.

For those who want to apply their own ingenuity, or for those who have never heard of human-powered machines, this book is an excellent reference. For those who are beginning to understand the importance of a life of reduced dependency on fossil fuels, this book could be a catalyst for change.

Tamara Dean is a technical and environmental writer who lives in Wisconsin, where she and her partner David human-power their grain mill, blender, coffee grinder, and assorted electrical gadgets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865716018
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
631,025
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Tamara Dean is a technical and environmental writer who lives in Wisconsin, where she and her partner David human-power their grain mill, blender, coffee grinder, and assorted electrical gadgets.

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The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book goes into a whole LOT of things that can be.people powered around the home, AND things that, through history, have been powered by people. Things like treadle seeing machines (and, by extention, other things that could be powered that way. Common hand powered things like egg beaters, drill brace and bits, wind up radios, lights, generators, etc., and less common things like bike powered generators, machine shop devices, etc. The histories and related stories of these various devices and techniques are included, as are relative benevits and downsides. The book has many descriptions of how devices could be modified for human power. It is very much more comprehrensive than I thought it would be and I learned more from this book than I thought I would. And that is as it should be. The only downside of the book is, while it has many pictures which are very informative, the instructions for making or modifying things are all verbal. No detailed plans. But that is not enough to lose sny stars over. An excellent book this is. I am glad I got it an recommend it for anyone who is courious about or considering making things work without some kind of motor involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very informative book.