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The Human-Powered Home (PDF)

The Human-Powered Home (PDF)

Choosing Muscles Over Motors

What if I could harness this energy? An unusual question for anyone putting in a long stint on a treadmill perhaps, and yet human power is a very old, practical and empowering alternative to fossil fuels. Replacing motors with muscles can be …

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SVO (PDF)

SVO (PDF)

Powering Your Vehicle with Straight Vegetable Oil

The benefits of straight vegetable oil (SVO) as an alternate fuel for diesel engines are many. SVO is cheap, carbon-neutral, uses a waste product, and does not depend upon centralized corporate infrastructure.

An experienced designer and researcher …

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Electric Water (PDF)

Electric Water (PDF)

The Emerging Revolution in Water and Energy

What if it were possible to combine energy and water in a way that would contribute to the reversal of global warming and the restoration of the planet? What if it were possible to have a better quality of life, without having to give anything up? …

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Reusing the Resource

Reusing the Resource

Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling

Water has been described as the 21st century oil. Water shortages, water quality and water rights are hot-button issues at the local, national and international levels. Climate change, population growth and contamination from industry, farms and …

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Energy Switch (PDF)

Energy Switch (PDF)

Proven Solutions for a Renewable Future

Declining oil supplies and the environmental impact of coal dictate a switch to renewable energy sources for a sustainable future. Written for a popular audience, Energy Switch details this momentous transition and proposes that the remaining …

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Biodiesel Power (PDF)

Biodiesel Power (PDF)

The Passion, the People, and the Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel

Whether we are nearing the end of oil or merely nearing the end of inexpensive oil, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to find alternative ways to meet our energy needs. Biodiesel is one such alternative -- and is one of the fastest …

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Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics

Design and Installation Manual

Producing electricity from the sun using photovoltaic (PV) systems has become a major industry worldwide. But designing, installing and maintaining such systems requires knowledge and training, and there have been few easily accessible, …

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Microhydro

Microhydro

Clean Power from Water

Hydroelectricity is the world's largest -- and cleanest -- source of renewable energy. But despite lively interest in renewables generally, there is an information vacuum about the smallest version of the technology dubbed "the simplest, most …

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