Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook

Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook
Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook

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Solar Living Sourcebook

Solar Living Sourcebook
14th Edition, 463 pages

Regularly updated since 1982,  the Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook, by John Schaeffer, is the complete guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, alternative transportation, natural and green building, homesteading, energy conservation, and off-the-grid living.

This book has been completely revised - in it's 14th edition now- written by experts in the solar field with decades of hands-on experience.  It  includes expanded information on permaculture, biodynamics, the Transition Movement, urban homesteading, and emergency preparedness - plus maps, wiring diagrams, formulas, charts, electrical code specs/regulations/requirements, solar sizing worksheets, and much more. Scientific American calls it "the latest nuts-and-bolts information on how to harvest renewable energy in a variety of ways depending on need."

If you to know how to make sustainable and off-the-grid living a reality, this book contains everything you need.  With over 600,000 copies in print worldwide, it is the most comprehensive resource available for anyone interested in lessening their environmental footprint and increasing energy independence.

The Solar Living Sourcebook is fully indexed, with thousands of pictures and diagrams.  It has been described by many as a "Desert Island Book" - a must-have if you're going to be stranded on a deserted island.

14th Edition chapters:

  1. Relocalization: A Strategic Response to Peak Oil & Climate Change
  2. Land and Shelter: Designing and Building Your Green Dream Home
  3. Sunshine to Electricity: Creating Renewable Energy with Solar, Wind and Hydroelectric Power
  4. From Panel to Plug: How to Get Your Renewable Energy Source Powering Your Appliances
  5. Emergency Preparedness and Solar Mobility: Be Empowered When the Grid Goes Down
  6. Energy Conservation: Super-efficient Lighting, Heating, and Cooling are the First Steps
  7. Water Development: Reckoning with Our Most Precious and Endangered Resource
  8. Water Heating: The Most Cost-Effective Solar Alternative
  9. Water and Air Purification: Clean Water and Air are Human Rights
  10. Composting Toilets & Grey Water Systems: Novel, Safe, and Clean Solutions to an Age-Old Human Issue
  11. Regenerative Homesteading and Farming: Growing Your Own Organically Using Permaculture Principles While Living the Good Life
  12. Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living
  13. Sustainable Transportation: Toward a Future of Carbon-Free Mobility
  14. Natural Burial: The Ultimate Back-To-The-Land Movement
  15. The Real Goods Sustainable Living Library: Reading for a Renewable Future


"...the best single source I've ever found on the technologies, philosophies, and the lifestyle changes we must embrace in order for our species to survive and thrive into the future."
WOODY HARRELSON, environmentalist, actor

"...the latest nuts-and-bolts information on how to harvest renewable energy in a variety of ways depending on need."

" owner's manual for regenerating our earth, skies and water ... a masterwork on re-inhabitation ... the best manual you could possibly want."
PAUL HAWKEN, Author of Drawdown and Blessed Unrest

"...I have always recommended the 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!"
ED BEGLEY Jr., Actor, environmental activist

"...If you're interested in understanding alternative energy sources and sustainable lifestyles, Real Goods offers the most comprehensive, enlightening & entertaining resource in the world ... an indispensable resource on the bookshelf of anyone seriously interested in helping save our habitat."
BRYAN WELCH, publisher, Mother Earth News, and author, Beautiful and Abundant

"...This masterful compendium pulls it all together and gives everyone what we need to get off the grid and democratize clean energy."
KENNY AUSUBEL, CEO and founder, Bioneers

"...This book is our blueprint for both the present and future, if our species is to survive into the 22nd century."
THOM HARTMANN, NY Times bestselling author and talk show host

"...Here in one book is everything you need... a treasure trove you'll find yourself returning to time and again."
RICHARD HEINBERG, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, and author, The End of Growth

"...John is a sustainability and solar industry pioneer... his visionary actions and ideas [are] good news for our environment, economy and national security."
NAT KREAMER, chairman, Solar Energy Industries Association, White House Champion of Change, and CEO, Clean Power Finance

"...Buy this book. It can change your life for the better. And the world, too."
DENIS HAYES, President, Bullitt Foundation.

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