Item description for The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit by Steven Hren & Rebekah Hren...
You've read the stories and watched the documentaries. So you're convinced--burning fossil fuels leads to global climate change; supplies of fossil fuels are diminishing in quantity and increasing in price. You've fretted and worried, but still go through your day consuming some quantity of non-renewable fossil fuels to accomplish nearly every task (and you may not even realize it). You want to do something besides worry but you are unsure where to begin.
Read this book--then grab your handsaw, tape measure, and drill, and get started! A life powered by the sun is waiting for you. Meant as a guide for renovating existing homes, this book gives you the hands-on knowledge necessary to kick the fossil fuel habit, with projects small and large listed by skill, time, cost, and energy saved. For every aspect of your life currently powered by fossil fuels, we offer alternatives you can accomplish yourself to get started using renewable and sustainable sources of power.
Inspired by their own determination to wean themselves completely from fossil fuels, Rebekah and Stephen Hren provide a map for others interested in the path to producing all their own energy and living a fossil fuel-free life. It shows first how to reduce energy consumption as much as possible, then how to retrofit an existing home in order to obtain all heating and cooling, all cooking and refrigeration, and all hot water and electricity from renewable sources. The Hrens also provide advice on renewable methods of transportation and home gardening, as poor choices about food and mobility often negate hard-won gains in the home. Like many today, the Hrens felt they had a moral obligation to mitigate humankind's contribution to the ravages of pollution, including global warming as a result of fossil fuel addiction. In this book, the Hrens offer practical approaches that fit into anyone's budget, and can be done over time as a way to wean oneself from fossil fuel dependency.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8" Height: 10" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2008
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN 1933392622 ISBN13 9781933392622
Reviews - What do customers think about The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit?
How to live with-out fossil fuels Sep 7, 2008
Great guide for both the the greenest of green and those who just want to take a few steps to cut their utility bills. The part of book which deals with why the authors decided to leave their hand built cob round house in the woods for the urban living is particularly interesting.
The Carbon-Free home Aug 11, 2008
The Carbon Free home is one of the most useful guides I have ever seen to greening your old white elephant. They give practical advice to city dwellers on how to retrofit your home to make it much less of an energy hog and perhaps even carbon free. There are three dozen realistic DIY projects and hundreds of usable tips and suggestions. Nanny Nature gives this book four paws and a tail.