Gaiam Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living

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Gaiam Energy Tech, Inc, 2005 - Design - 564 pages
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Do you want to harvest sunlight, wind or falling water to power your home? Or sell that renewable energy back to your utility company? Are you looking to build your dream eco-home? Or to convert to biodiesel and minimize your fossil fuel use?

This fully updated classic of sustainable living technology tells how and gives you access to the world's most extensive selection of hardware to make it all happen. The "Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook-12th Edition" is the ultimate resource on renewable energy, sustainable living, alternative construction, green building, homesteading, off-the-grid living and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of personal experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. In print and regularly updated since 1982, the "Sourcebook" has sold over 600,000 copies in 44 countries. This 12th edition includes brand-new sections on solar utility intertie, alternative sources of fuel (including biodiesel and hydrogen fuel cells) and hybrid vehicles, and completely rewritten sections on land and shelter, emergency preparedness and energy conservation, as well as in-depth sections on:

Sunshine to electricity
From panel to plug
Water systems
Water heating
Water and air purification
Composting toilets and graywater systems
Off-the-grid living and homesteading tools
Mobility

Plus over 150 pages of maps, wiring diagrams, formulae, charts, electrical code, solar sizing worksheets and much more.

Whether you're a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the "Sourcebook" puts the latest research and newest products at your fingertips-all the information you need to make sustainable living a reality.

John Schaeffer is the president and founder of Real Goods-the oldest and largest catalog company devoted to the sale and service of renewable energy products. The recipient of numerous awards, Real Goods hosts an annual SolFest at its Solar Living Center headquarters in Hopland, California.

  

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Contents

LAND AND SHELTER
9
CHAPTER2 SUNSHINE TO ELECTRICITY
45
BALANCE OF SYSTEMS
113
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
201
ENERGY CONSERVATION
219
CHAPTER6 WATER DEVELOPMENT
277
WATER HEATING
317
WATER AND AIR PURIFICATION
335
o OFFTHEGRID LIVING
375
SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
389
SUSTAINABLE LIVING LIBRARY
399
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John Schaeffer is the President and founder of Real Goods -- the oldest and largest catalog company devoted to the sale and service of renewable energy products. Now merged with Gaiam, Real Goods has converted over 60,000 homes to solar energy since 1978 when it sold the very first photovoltaic module in America. Real Goods is a co-sponsor of the annual SolFest at the Solar Living Institute headquarters in Hopland, California.

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