The Essential Guide to Energy Independence – Fully Revised and Updated

by: EJ on 10/27/2014

 The Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook:Your Complete Guide to Living Beyond the Grid with Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living has been around for over 30 years and is considered the bible for all things solar and sustainable.  It has even been referred to as "the desert island book"; the one book you would need to have if stranded on a desert island. New Society Publishers is delighted to announce the release of the 14th Edition of this newly revised and updated classic by John Schaeffer. 

Ed Begley Jr., actor and environment activist says about the sourcebook, 

"I’ve been an early advocate for solar and renewable energy for over 40 years always doing my best to convert Hollywood to a lower carbon footprint. Through most of those 40 years I have always recommended the Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook as the #1 source, indeed the Bible, for all things solar and sustainable. Bravo to the 14th edition, it’s the best one yet!"

The Real Goods Store was founded in 1978.  It was born out the desire for the hippie commune that was birthplace of The Solar Living Center to find a better method for lighting their homes as their children began learning to read and write.  Originally envisioned as a one-stop-shop where people could find everything they needed for their remote homesteads, the store began with the sale of the first retail solar panel in the United States and the humble goal of changing the world. In 1982 John Schaeffer and crew wrote the book on solar living. Literally. The Real Goods Solar Living Source Book is widely regarded as the most comprehensive resource on off-grid living available.

The Real Goods Store, based in Mendocino County, is proudly housed in the world's largest straw bale showroom. The amazing 5000 square foot space is passively cooled and heated; demonstrating the most effective techniques in sustainable design. The store sits at the center of the 12 acre Solar Living Center; a brilliant green permaculture oasis alongside Highway 101 that demonstrates how lush and rewarding a sustainable life can truly be.

In this video, John Schaeffer shares the history of how this amazing resource center and book came into being.


Sourcebook is perfectly named, though it could easily be called the masterwork on re-inhabitation, an owner’s manual for regenerating our earth, skies and water. Succinctly and clearly, Sourcebook delineates the pathways, tools, and knowledge we need to achieve the title of denizens, human beings who live in accordance with the laws of physics, botany, and biology, people who truly want to master the art of living as contrasted to a life of taking. The best manual you could possibly want.
 ---Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown, author Blessed Unrest



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