Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place [NOOK Book]

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Other books tell us how to live the good life—but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace, and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.

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Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place

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Overview



Other books tell us how to live the good life—but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace, and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.

Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more—more happiness, more security, and more peace of mind. Learn simple but effective strategies to:


*Save money on everything from heating and cooling to refrigeration, laundry, water, sanitation, cooking, and cleaning
*Create a stronger, more resilient family
*Preserve more for future generations

We must make fundamental changes to our way of life in the face of ongoing economic crisis and energy depletion. Making Home takes the fear out of this prospect, and invites us to embrace a simpler, more abundant reality.

Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer whose family uses eighty percent less energy and resources than the average American household. She is a member of the board of directors of ASPO-USA, founder of the Riot 4 Austerity, and the author of three previous books, including Depletion and Abundance and Independence Days.


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Sharon Astyk and her family use eighty percent less energy and resources than the average American household. How do they do it? Her Making Home explains the answers without cloying preaching or caveats. Astyk presents this project as both money-saving and environmentally-friendly and justly regards it as a family, rather than an individual enterprise. A down-to-earth, practical and proven approach to saving ourselves and our planet. Editor's recommendation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550925098
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 650,334
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer who raises vegetables, poultry and dairy goats with her family in upstate New York. She and her family use 80% less energy and resources than the average American household. Sharon is a member of the Board of Directors of ASPO-USA and the award-winning author of three previous books including Depletion and Abundance.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 Welcome home 1

2 Planning for both a future and failure 29

Profile 1 Michelle, Chicago: the future of cities 45

3 Choosing home 47

4 Triaging your situation 61

Profile 2 Bruce and Kathy, western Massachusetts: The open house 87

5 Staying warm and keeping cool 89

6 The basics of daily life 107

7 Getting around 133

Profile 3 Risa and Pattiebuff: Doing it over again 143

8 Growing 147

Profile 4 Aaron and Jennifer Newton: Working it Through 173

9 All creatures great and small 177

10 Marriage and family 195

Profile 5 Lisa and Patti: Water in the rain barrel 219

11 Father and Mother and Uncle John: tribalism and family 223

12 Is your love enough? 245

13 Skills, work and money 259

14 Security matters 275

15 Putting it together 293

Profile 6 Gerri 303

Index 307

About the Author 315

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