Solar Living Sourcebook: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living

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Now in its ninth edition, the Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook is considered "the bible of independent living and renewable energy." It includes products ranging from simple energy-saving devices like compact fluorescent lights to home-scale energy-harvesting systems that utilize the sun, wind, and water to make electricity for people living "off-the-grid." The Sourcebook is much more than just a product guide. In these pages you'll find lively, up-to-the-minute articles on all aspects of appropriate ...
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Overview

Now in its ninth edition, the Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook is considered "the bible of independent living and renewable energy." It includes products ranging from simple energy-saving devices like compact fluorescent lights to home-scale energy-harvesting systems that utilize the sun, wind, and water to make electricity for people living "off-the-grid." The Sourcebook is much more than just a product guide. In these pages you'll find lively, up-to-the-minute articles on all aspects of appropriate technology, written by experts who are able to draw upon decades of actual experience living off-the-grid. You'll also find plenty of inspiration, as well as practical ideas, in this book's stories of people who have found ways to live more sanely and independently on the earth. Whether you're a layperson or professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the Sourcebook puts the latest research and newest products at your fingertips, giving you all the information you need to make sustainable living a reality.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780916571047
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 598
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Land & Shelter 7
Ch. 2 Sunshine To Electricity 51
Ch. 3 From Panel to Plug 125
Ch. 4 Emergency Preparedness 227
Ch. 5 Energy Conservation 247
Ch. 6 Water Systems 321
Ch. 7 Water Heating 357
Ch. 8 Water & Air Purification 375
Ch. 9 Composting Toilets & Greywater Systems 403
Ch. 10 Off-the-Grid Living & Homesteading Tools 423
Ch. 11 Mobility 437
App Gaiam Real Goods' Mission Statement 453
App Real Goods History & Policies 454
App The Real Goods Solar Living Center 457
App The Nonprofit Real Goods Institute for Solar Living 461
App Getting Down To Business 467
App System Sizing Worksheets (spares) 473
App System Isolation Maps 476
App Magnetic Declination Map 477
App Series/Parallel Wiring Drawings 478
App Voltage Drop Formula & Charts 479
App Friction Loss Charts for Water Pumping 480
App Pipe Nominal vs. Actual Size Chart 481
App Temperature Conversion Chart 481
App Environmental Resource List 482
Glossary & Abbreviations 487
National Electric Code, PV Power System Suggested Practices 497
Product Index 553
Subject Index 571
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