Living off the Grid

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In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don’t have to come off the public utility grid—alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller ...

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Living Off the Grid: A Simple Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Self-Reliant Supply of Energy, Water, Shelter, and More

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Overview

In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don’t have to come off the public utility grid—alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint and the rural self-sufficiency enthusiast, Living Off the Grid can help anyone take control of his or her life and way of living.

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Emergency planning consultant Black (What To Do When the Shit Hits the Fan) defines "living off the grid" as "a state or degree of self-sufficiency with minimal reliance on public utilities, especially the three traditional basics: energy, water, and waste management." His guide for achieving self-sufficiency includes information and suggestions on conservation, shelter, energy, water, waste, and piggybacking off the grid. Some approaches (e.g., wind turbines, solar water heaters, and composting toilets) are more familiar, while others such as straw-clay shelters and biodigestors for converting animal waste into biogas are less conventional. Black also includes case studies of people successfully living off-grid, appendixes on power-system diagrams estimating energy needs, and numerous photographs. Readers should use Black's clearly written nontechnical primer as a starting reference for off-grid living and advance to William H. Kemp's The Renewable Energy Handbook: A Guide to Rural Independence, Off-Grid and Sustainable Living. A good addition for libraries where sustainable living titles are in demand.
—Eva Lautemann

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602393165
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/6/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave
Black is an internationally recognized consultant in emergency planning and disaster response. With nearly twenty years of experience in search and rescue and as a wilderness and urban first responder, he has served as a consultant and architect of community disaster response and management systems both here and abroad.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2008

    Not what I thought

    I purchased this book to get some tips on how to live off the grid. It reads more like a high school science book. I am very disappointed. The information is good but it does not provide me with the information I need to be able to lower my carbon footprint. It does provide a lot of information about how things work. I found a single paragraph of useful information.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    It is ok

    It has some good information. Very basic. Black and white photos makes it seem like a 1950's book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Random Room

    Do anything here.

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