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Think Small

Heat with the Sun

Keep your Cool

Use Renewable Energy

Conserve Water

Use Local Materials

Use Natural Materials

Save our Forests

Recycle Materials

Build to Last

Grow your Food

Store your Food

Share Facilities

USE RENEWABLE ENERGY

There are many ways to conserve the use of fossil fuel; using the sun, wind, or water to produce electricity are among them. If you choose to do this, you will be forced to be careful in the way you use your electricity because it is limited. Whether you get your electricity from alternative sources or from the grid, it pays to choose energy efficient appliances. Front-loading clothes washers, for instance, use much less electricity, water and soap than the top-loaders. Compact florescent lights use about a third of the electricity of standard bulbs. Many appliances use electricity by just being plugged in (known as phantom loads); be sure to avoid this.

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INFORMATIVE MEDIA & LINKS
GENERAL

 

The Greened House Effect: Renovating Your Home with a Deep Energy Retrofit,
by Jeff Wilson, 2013

 
 
 
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The Homeowner's Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid
by Paul Scheclel, 2013

 
 
 
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Let It Shine:
The 6,000-Year Story
of Solar Energy

by John Perlin and Amory Lovins, 2013

 
 
 
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Renewable Energy:
Power for a
Sustainable Future

by Godfrey Boyle, 2012

 
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Smart Grid Home
by Quentin Wells, 2012

 
 
 
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Power With Nature:
Renewable Energy Options
for Homeowners

by
Rex A. Ewing, 2012

 
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Towards Zero Energy Architecture:
New Solar Design

by Mary Guzowski, 2012

 
 
 
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Solar Energy Resource Guide by Barbara Nishi, Karyn Ellis, Pete Shoemaker, 2012
[Kindle Edition]

 
 
 
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Introduction to Renewable Energy
by Vaughn Nelson, 2011

 
 
 
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A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office: Navigating the Maze of Solar Options, Incentives, and Installers
by Stephen and Rebekah Hren, 2010

 
 
 
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Renewable Energy: Technology, Economics
and Environment

by Martin Kaltschmitt, Wolfgang Streicher, Andreas Wiese, 2010

 
 
 
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Renewable Energies
for Your Home:
Real-World Solutions
for Green Conversions

by Russel Gehrke, Dale Wiley, 2009

 
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Renewable Energy:
Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Future

by Roland Wengenmayr, Thomas Bührke, 2008

 
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Future Energy:
Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for our Planet

by Trevor Letcher, 2008

 
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Visions for a Sustainable Energy Future
by Mark A. Gabriel, 2008

 
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Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources:
A Reference Handbook

by Zachary Smith, Katrina Taylor, 2008

 
 
 
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Energy Supply and Renewable Resources
by Regina Anne Kelly, 2008

 
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Renewable Energy
in Power Systems

by Leon Freris, David Infield, 2008

 
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Earth: The Sequel:
The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

by Fred Krupp, Miriam Horn, 2008

 
 
 
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Off The Grid Homes:
Case Studies for
Sunstainable Living

by Lori Ryker, 2007

 
 
 
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Handbook oF Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
by Frank Kreith, D. Yogi Goswami, 2007

 
 
 
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The Homeowners Guide to Energy Independence: Alternative Power Sources for the Average American
by Christine Woodside, 2006

 
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nrel.gov The Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC) provides access to an extensive collection of renewable energy resource data, maps, and tools.

the-mrea.org Midwest Renewable Energy Association site with information on PV, solar water heating, their annual fair, etc.

webconx.com extensive site devoted to renewable energy, transportation, shelter, etc.

knowlegehound.com links to hydro, PV, wind, etc.

solar-energy-for-homes.com has lots of information about the use of solar enegry for electricity, hot water, cooking, hot tubs, etc.

ecodirect.com links to several informative articles about renewable energy technology.

starrynightlights.com is devoted to diminishing light pollution.

sitiosolar.com a Spanish language site that focuses on renewable energy.

 

PHOTOVOLTAICS
 

The Guide to Photovoltaic System Installation
by
Gregory W Fletcher, 2013

 
 
 
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Solar Energy Essentials for the Homeowner:
Common Questions about Solar Energy for the Home

by Blake Webster, 2012

 
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Grid-connected Solar Electric Systems: The Earthscan Expert Handbook for Planning, Design and Installation
by
Geoff Stapleton and Susan Neill, 2012

 
 
 
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Power from the Sun:
A Practical Guide
to Solar Electricity

by Dan Chiras, 2009

 
 
 
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Photovoltaic Systems
by James P. Dunlop, 2009

 
 
 
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Got Sun? Go Solar: Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied Home
by Rex A. Ewing, 2005

 
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freesunpower.com this site has assembled a detailed set of free tutorials and worksheets for calculating needs and system requirements for solar electricity.

aboutmyplanet.com has lots of articles about solar power.

sunup-solar-power.com has lots of information and adivise for installing home solar electric systems.

plugnsaveenergyproducts.com features a clever combination of window shutters with PV attached for producing home electricity.

 

SOLAR HOT WATER

solar hot water:
choosing, fitting
and using a system

by
Lee Rose, 2012

 
 
 
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Solar Domestic Water Heating: The Earthscan Expert Handbook for Planning, Design
and Installation

by Chris Laughton, 2010

 
 
 
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Solar Water Heating:
A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water And Space Heating Systems

by Bob Ramlow, Benjamin Nusz, 2010

 
 
 
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Do It Yourself Solar Panels for Swimming Pools, Spas & more
DVD, 2006

 
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Seabird Island Project shows unique design for the solar heating of water and space through warm air collection and geothermal heat tubes.

alternativepowerdistribution.com describes evacuated tube solar water heating systems.

 

WIND POWER

Windmills and Wind Motors: How to Build and Run Them
by
F. E. Powell, 2012

 
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Wind Power:
Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business

by Paul Gipe, 2012
[Kindle Edition]

 
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Wind Energy Handbook
by Tony Burton et al, 2011

 
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Wind Power Workshop: Building Your Own Wind Turbine
by Hugh Piggott, 2011

 
 
 
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2011 Introduction to Wind Power and Wind Energy Systems: Practical Information about America's Wind Program, Turbines, Consumer Guide, Federal Incentives
by the US Department of Energy, 2011
[Kindle Edition]

 
 
 
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Wind Power Basics:
A Green Energy Guide

by Dan Chiras, 2010

 
 
 
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A Wind Turbine Recipe Book by Hugh Piggott, 2010
[Kindle Edition]

 
 
 
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Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence
by Dan Chiras, Mick Sagrillo, Ian Woofenden, 2009

 
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Wind Energy Basics:
A Guide to Home- and Community-Scale Wind-Energy Systems

by Paul Gipe, 2009

 
 
 
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Wind Power For Dummies
by Ian Woofenden, 2009

 
 
 
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Homebrew Wind Power
by Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink, 2008

 
 
 
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Wind Energy Information Guide
by National Renewable Energy Laboratory , U. S. Department of Energy, 2005

 
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awea.org American Wind Energy Association provides a wealth of information about generating energy from wind.

 

HYDRO POWER
 

Designing and Building Mini and Micro Hydro Power Schemes:
A Practical Guide

by Luis Rodriguez and Teodoro Sanchez, 2011

 
 
 
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Microhydro:
Clean Power from Water

by Scott Davis, 2003

 
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microhydropower.com lists several articles about micro hydro power systems.

 

HOME HEATING

The Log Book:
Getting the best from your wood-burning stove

by
Will Rolls, 2012

 
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Masonry Heaters:
Designing, Building, and Living with a Piece of the Sun

by Ken Matsz, 2010

 
 
 
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review by Kelly Hart

Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient Woodstoves YOU Can Build
by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson, 2006

 
 
 
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The Book of Masrony Stoves: Rediscovering
an Old Way of Warming

by David Lyle, 1998

 
 
 
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chimneykeepers.com introduction to masonry stoves.

envisioneer.net has free plans, description and photos of how to build a small masonry stove with paving stones.

richsoil.com has a good description and lots of videos about Rocket Mass Stoves

rumford.com lots of information about Rumford fireplaces.

lowtechmagazine.com a very nice illustrated article about masonry heaters.

mountainviewoffgridliving.com this Kimberly Stove is extremely efficient, as well as light weight and beautiful.

 

DAYLIGHTING

 

Daylighting for Sustainable Design
by Mary Guzowski, 1999

 
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Illuminating:
Natural Light
in Residential Architecture

by Michelle Corrodi and Klaus Spechtenhauser, 2008

 
 
 
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GEOTHERMAL

geothermalheaters.com explains how geothermal heat pumps work.

cmrmechanical.com has some FAQ's about geothermal systems.

 

HUMAN POWER

mayapedal.org an amazing collection of pedal-powered machines, including grain mill, water pump, blender, metal sharpener, washing machine, electrical generator, wood saw, etc.

 

METHANE

arti-india.org a description of a simple biodigestor to make methane...from India.

 

COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ENERGY

Distributed Renewable Energies for Off-Grid Communities:
Strategies and Technologies toward Achieving
Sustainability in Energy Generation and Supply

by
Nasir El Bassam, Preben Maegaard and Marcia Schlichting, 2012

 
 
 
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cleanenergycollective.com assists with establishing community owned renewable energy facilities.

solargardens.org describes the history of the Solar Garden concept for community owned renewable energy projects.

concertoplus.eu explains all of Concerto's initiatives for bringing renewable energy to cities throughout Europe.

 

INCENTIVES &SUPPORT

dsireusa.org The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.

epa.gov The Green Power Partnership is a program that helps the procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.

jointhesolution.com this company leases PV systems to residential customers for the same cost as normal monthly payments!

 

EDUCATION

naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world related to renewable energy.

solarenergy.org Solar Energy International on-line courses.

lowimpact.org the Low-Impact Linving Initiative in England provides information and courses related to renewable energy.

solarconnectionma.com has a number of informative pages answering questions about various modes solar energy use in the home.

renewableenergyaccess free weekly newletter of on-line information about renewable energy.

ases.org the American Solar Energy Society publishes "Solar Today" and posts articles on-line.

homepower.com website for Home Power Magazine: the best source of up-to-date information about alternative energy for the home!

seia.org the Solar Energy Industries Association provides news and has a database of solar contractors.

solaraccess.com news, education, business listings and jobs related to renewable energy.

alt-e.blogspot.com A very interesting, well presented and researched blog about all aspects of alternative energy.

siliconsolar.com features a forum for learning and sharing information about solar energy.

housesittingjobs.com Here is a list of 30 blogs that focus on ways to save energy around your house.

 

ECONOMICS & POLITICS
 

Energy Systems and Sustainability:
Power for a Sustainable Future

edited by
Bob Everett, Godfrey Boyle, Stephen Peake and Janet Ramage, 2012

 
 
 
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Harvest the Wind:
America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability

by Philip Warburg, 2012

 
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Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us
by Maggie Koerth-Baker, 2012

 
 
 
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Solar Revolution:
The Economic Transformation
of the Global Energy Industry

by Travis Bradford, 2008

 
 
 
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Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks
by Jeff Siegel, Chris Nelder, Nick Hodge, 2008

 
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Careers in Renewable Energy:
Get a Green Energy Job

by Gregory McNamee, 2008

 
 
 
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The Manhattan Project of 2009: Renewable Energy NOW
by Jeff Wilson, 2008

 
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Energy Autonomy:
The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy

by Hermann Scheer, 2007

 
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The Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity
by Ron Pernick, Clint Wilder, 2007

 
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DIRECTORIES

discoverperfectenergy.com offers a free matching service for renewable energy projects with qualified contractors and associations.

findsolar.com An online directory of solar energy professionals

solarenergy.net features a directory of solar professionals, solar power cost calculator, and interactive solar maps for researching the Solar Power potential of your home, checking out federal, state, and local rebates and incentives.

seia.org the Solar Energy Industries Association provides news and has a database of solar contractors.

solaraccess.com news, education, business listings and jobs related to renewable energy.

cirkits.com links to manufacturers, organizations, etc. related to alternative energy.

 

PLANS

Earth-sheltered Active Home
Ferid Abbasher, Architect
Earth-sheltered buildings best protect against extreme temperature variations, storms, earthquakes, noise and even military strikes. The passive design principles of internal heat zoning and compact planning are employed in this EcoHouse. It should be a wonderful place in which to live; warm and quiet, with light flooding in from the south, the ventilation system providing clean and fresh air, while being sheltered by beautiful landscape.


Photovoltaic cells along the ridge convert sunlight into electricity. To ensure an efficient use of solar energy, materials with a high thermal storage capacity were selected. The utility room in the northern part of the house accommodates all HVAC and other equipment. A ventilation system creates a state of low pressure, drawing heated air from the greenhouse into the living areas. A supplementary heating system can also be provided, but with a time switch to turn it off so that the use of outside energy does not become the rule. In summer, the south face can be opened to two thirds of its area. Sunscreening is envisaged as an option, provided that your local latitude and climatic conditions so require. The ventilation system can also be reversed to circulate cooler air from the north side through the house.

For more information about this plan, and many others, visit our sister site www.dreamgreenhomes.com, where you will find a wide range of plans for sustainable homes, greenhouses, small buildings, garages, and food storage space for sale. Dream Green Homes is a consortium of outstanding architects and designers, who have pooled their talent and expertise for your benefit.

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