Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook - 12th Edition

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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

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.


This is a book to read slowly, taking time to absorb the details and concepts. I kept it on our coffee table for weeks with a notebook nearby so I could make notes as I read, because there are lots of good ideas about energy efficiency throughout. It answers every question you can think of about solar power for homes (and RVs) in plain, easy-to-understand language and suggests places to find further information on each topic, kind of like a combination magazine and mail order catalogue. Book includes a calculation sheet for estimating your solar power system needs.

A sourcebook of solar living devices ranging from water heaters and air purification systems: John Schaeffer's 12th edition of Real Goods Solar Living Source Book is an even richer presentation, following through with a sourcebook of solar living devices ranging from water heaters and air purification systems to composing toilets and heating systems. It's more than a sourcebook alone, however: articles discuss pros and cons of each system choice, typical uses, and adaptability. Packed with black and white photos, charts, and explanations, Solar Living Source Book covers all renewable energy technologies.

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