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Efficient energy , sometimes simply called energy efficiency, is the goal of efforts to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services. For example, insulating a home allows a building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature. Installing fluorescent lights or natural skylights reduces the amount of energy required to attain the same level of illumination compared with using traditional incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights use one-third the energy of incandescent lights and may last 6 to 10 times longer. Improvements in energy efficiency are most often achieved by adopting a more efficient technology or production process.

There are various motivations to improve energy efficiency. Reducing energy use reduces energy costs and may result in a financial cost saving to consumers if the energy savings offset any additional costs of implementing an energy efficient technology. Reducing energy use is also seen as a solution to the problem of reducing emissions. According to the International Energy Agency, improved energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes and transportation could reduce the world's energy needs in 2050 by one third, and help control global emissions of greenhouse gases.
 

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are said to be the twin pillars of sustainable energy policy. In many countries energy efficiency is also seen to have a national security benefit because it can be used to reduce the level of energy imports from foreign countries and may slow down the rate at which domestic energy resources are depleted.g

 

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Handbook of Homemade Power - Mother Earth News
SKU: hhp/230/450
Binding: Paperback 374

Bantam 1974 374 p. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, index. 4-1/4" x 7". Alternative energy information, collected and published during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Sections on heating and powering your home with wood, water, wind, solar, and methane.

This book features firsthand reports from people who have found ways to beat the power crisis. This is priceless alternative energy information with many additional tips, facts and ideas that you can put to use now.

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Cutting The Cost of Energy
SKU: SKU16145

Published in 1983 this book is described as a practical guide for the householder.

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Heat Your Home for Free! - ebook
SKU: men/hyhff/6040

Heat Your Home for Free is a collection of classic articles from MOTHER EARTH NEWS that shows how simple solar systems can heat your home, garage, shop, barn, commercial building — just about any structure with a south-facing wall. The heat comes from solar energy, and it’s free. Best of all, this book shows how you can design, build and install solar heating systems yourself! We’ve compiled our best articles on do-it-yourself solar heating, from the early days of the magazine right up to the present.

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Handbook of Homemade Power - Mother Earth News
SKU: hhp/234/734
Binding: Paperback 374

Bantam 1974 374 p. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, index. 4-1/4" x 7". Alternative energy information, collected and published during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Sections on heating and powering your home with wood, water, wind, solar, and methane.

This book features firsthand reports from people who have found ways to beat the power crisis. This is priceless alternative energy information with many additional tips, facts and ideas that you can put to use now.

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Power Estimator for Buildings and Caravans
SKU: pefbac/ebook/000
Binding: Zip file of 3 pdfs

This donlaod contains three files that will help you estimator your power requirements for your house, boat or caravan. There are two Wxcel spreadsheets and one pdf file. To get the most form this you need Excel howver you can use the information to make manual calculations.

Included are the power requirements for typicall applainces. The power estimator could be used to calculate your solar, wind, or another generator requirements. The documents are in the public domain.

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Very Low Energy Houses - ebook
SKU: vleh/eboo/000
Binding: pdf 33 pages

With the ever-increasing attention on environmental protection and energy prices, the once exclusive low energy dwellings are now getting more and more popular in Europe.

There are presently more than 6 000 such dwellings in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria alone. Nevertheless, the term 'low energy houses' covers a large variety of concepts and technologies which need to be placed into their proper context. This is the subject of this article.

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Handbook of Homemade Power - Mother Earth News
SKU: hhp/230/000
Binding: Paperback 374

Bantam 1974 374 p. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, index. 4-1/4" x 7". Alternative energy information, collected and published during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Sections on heating and powering your home with wood, water, wind, solar, and methane.

This book features firsthand reports from people who have found ways to beat the power crisis. This is priceless alternative energy information with many additional tips, facts and ideas that you can put to use now.

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Heating Controls Leaflet from Energy Saving Trust
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A leaflet about how heating controls can save you money, improve your home's comfort and help to reduce your home's impact on the environment.
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Ground Source Heat Pumps - leaflet
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Energy Saving Trust on Ground Source Heat Pumps

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A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Energy Star Home Sealing - ebook
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This is a very well done guide to sealing up air leaks in your home. Lots of good how-to pictures. A couple small add-ons I would make: - Replacing older can lights so that you can insulate right over them is a fairly easy DIY job -- it has the advantages of both reducing heat loss to the attic and getting some heat gain from the can light to the room. - The method they give for determining if you have enough insulation is goofy. Instead, use the Insulation Upgrade Calculator or one of the online insulation guides to determine if your insulation is sufficient for your climate.

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Can migrogrids make a major contribution to UK energy supply - ebook
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Almost all the electricity currently produced in the UK is generated as part of a centralised power system designed around large fossil fuel or nuclear power stations. This power system is robust and reliable but the efficiency of power generation is low, resulting in large quantities of waste heat. The principal aim of this paper is to investigate an alternative concept: the energy production by small scale generators in close proximity to the energy users, integrated into microgrids. Microgrids – de-centralised electricity generation combined with on-site production of heat - bear the promise of substantial environmental benefits. This is brought about by a higher energy efficiency and by facilitating the integration of renewable sources such as photovoltaic arrays or wind turbines. By virtue of a good match between generation and load, microgrids have a low impact on the electricity network, despite a potentially significant level of generation by intermittent energy sources. The paper discusses the technical and economic issues associated with this novel concept, giving an overview of the generator technologies, the current regulatory framework in the UK, and the barriers that have to be overcome if microgrids are to make a major contribution to the UK energy supply. The focus of this study is a microgrid of domestic users powered by small Combined Heat and Power generators and photovoltaics. Focusing on the energy balance between the generation and load, it is found that the optimum combination of the generators in the microgrid - consisting of around 1.4 kWp PV array per household and 45% household ownership of micro-CHP generators - will maintain energy balance on a yearly basis if supplemented by energy storage of 2.7kWh per household. We find that there is no fundamental technological reason why microgrids cannot contribute an appreciable part of the UK energy demand. Indeed, an estimate of cost indicates that the microgrids considered in this study would supply electricity at a cost comparable with the present electricity supply if the current support mechanisms for photovoltaics were maintained. Combining photovoltaics and micro-CHP and a small battery requirement gives a microgrid that is independent of the national electricity network. In the short term, this has particular benefits for remote communities but more wide-ranging possibilities open up in the medium to long term. Microgrids could meet the need to replace current generation nuclear and coal fired power stations, greatly reducing the demand on the transmission and distribution network.

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Heat Transfer Equipment Elementary - ebook
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Heat exchanger and cooling tower design and operation detailed in this ebook. Also are the basics of heat transfer, boilers, temperature sensing elements, water hammer and it's control as well steam trap operation and selection. Do you know how water hammer occurs and the severity of the harm it can cause? Are you in charge of maintaining heat exchanger, boilers and/or cooling towers? Are you sure what heat transfer fluids by steam sparging is? Then this ebook is a must have for you to bone up on your industrial temperature sensing methods to keep the process in control, your boiler rooms and your cooling towers running efficiently.

A great ebook for the handy man as well as the professional maintenance person.

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Converting to an Eco-friendly Home: The Complete Handbook (Paperback)
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For a large number of homeowners, the importance of the environment has been highlighted as issues such as global warming becomes big news. With 7 chapters covering elements including Light, Power and Heat, this book covers alterations that anyone can make to their home, from changing to energy-saving lightbulbs and harvesting rainwater to harnessing sunlight through solar panels. Information is given on changes from the very small through to major projects that will male homes healthier and more sustainable. "Converting to an Eco-friendly Home" is a highly informative, easy-access book which provides clear and concise advice on what you can do around the house to help the environment. This book will be an indispensable guide, both for those people who aim to do some of the work themselves, as well as those employing designers and builders to realise their plans for a 'greener', more sustainable home.
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Alternative Energy Sourcebook - 1992
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This book is described as a comprehensive guide to energy sensible technologies. Although 1992 it is packed full of great information. It has over 500 large format pages packed with information on how to set up renewable energy systems, sizing equipment and sources.
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Living Off the Grid Guide - ebook
SKU: agua/lotg/7030
Binding: Zip file containing pdfs

Live self-sufficient & lower monthly utility bills from an average $500 to $0.00 per month, even sell energy back to the power companies earning an additional $500+ per month... As much electricity you can create they will buy.

The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.

- The guide facilitates different methods in constructing:


Solar Systems
Wind Generator Systems
Solar cooking
Solar Water Heating
Personal Water supplies
Free Personal Trash disposal
Free Utilities
Free entertainment
Free Phone service
Selling Extra Energy back
Free Energy

- Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available.

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How to Build a Free Green Home - ebook
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Live self-sufficient & BUILD YOUR OWN 5,000 sq. ft. HOUSE for less then $10k total in as little as 3 months + FREE SOLAR PANELS.

  You are buying a guide to help you Build your own 5,000 sq. ft. house for less then $10k total, set in a Easy to Read Beginners level format (process made simple). (The resources, tips & tricks I provide were tested on the authors Ranch.)

SIMPLE, EASY, BASIC. NO MECHANICAL KNOWLEDGE NEEDED.

HOW IT WORKS  

- The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.- The Homes are “GREEN” homes, & meet every city/state ordinance/building code
- Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available.
- Move into you DREAM HOUSE in as little as 3 months.

NOTE: Costs per House is an approximate $10,000 in Supplies, plans can be adapted to bigger homes, receiving the same extreme savings. Compare that to purchase price of existing homes at a ridiculous $500,000+ range, not to mention closing costs, loan fees & monthly payments.

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Sustainable Energy — without the hot air
SKU: ssewotha/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf, 382 pages

About the author

David MacKay is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems, including the invention of Dasher, a software interface that enables efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He has taught Physics in Cambridge since 1995. Since 2005, he has devoted much of his time to public teaching about energy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 14 May 2009.

About the "free book" license

This is a free book. I didn't write this book to make money. I wrote it because sustainable energy is important. If you would like to have the book for free for your own use, please help yourself to any of the electronic versions on this website. There's pdf and html versions (thanks to William Sigmund!); we are working on other formats.

This is a free book in a second sense: you are free to use all the material in this book, except for the cartoons and the photos with a named photographer, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales Licence. (The cartoons and photos are excepted because the authors have generally given me permission only to include their work, not to share it under a Creative Commons license.) You are especially welcome to use my materials for educational purposes. This website includes links to separate high-quality files for each of the figures in the book.

In response to generous readers...
If you enjoy the free electronic copy of the book and would like to make a financial donation, without buying the paper book for yourself, please may I suggest that you find a library or a school that would like a copy of the book, and buy a paper copy for them? Thank you!

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Handbook of Homemade Power - Mother Earth News
SKU: hhp/244/816
Binding: Paperback 374

Bantam 1974 374 p. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, index. 4-1/4" x 7". Alternative energy information, collected and published during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Sections on heating and powering your home with wood, water, wind, solar, and methane.

This book features firsthand reports from people who have found ways to beat the power crisis. This is priceless alternative energy information with many additional tips, facts and ideas that you can put to use now.

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A New Approach To Existing Building Energy Efficiency - ebook
SKU: ee/usd/issu/ebook/000
Binding: PDF - 70 pages

An understanding to existing building energy efficiency at Loyola University Chicago

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Energy Revolution 2012 - Greenpeace International
SKU: er2012/gp/ebook/000
Binding: PDF -340 pages

The world’s energy system has bestowed great benefits on society, but it has also come with high price tag: climate change, which is occurring due to a build of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere caused by human activity; military and economic conflict due to uneven distribution of fossil resources; and millions of premature deaths and illness due to the air and water pollution inherent in fossil fuel production and consumption.
 

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Apple Clean Energy Road Map
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Binding: pdf - 13 pages

Evaluation of Apple to account for its clean energy announcements, and the steps Apple should take for a “coal-free” and 100% renewably-powered iCloud

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25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations - 2011 Update
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Binding: PDF
The IEA recommends that G8 leaders adopt and urgently implement this package of measures to significantly enhance energy efficiency. This package was developed under the Gleneagles G8 Plan of Action, which mandates the pursuit of a clean, clever and competitive energy future. The IEA recommends that G8 leaders adopt and urgently implement this package of measures to significantly enhance energy efficiency. This package was developed underthe Gleneagles G8 Plan of Action, which mandates the pursuit of a clean, clever and competitive energy future.
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Self-Sufficiency: A practical guide for modern living
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Binding: Hardcover: 320 pages
This invaluable reference book provides comprehensive guidance on how to live closer to nature. Whether you simply want to grow your own vegetables (there are details on how to grow over 100 vegetables, fruits and herbs) or intend to go the whole hog and relocate to the county, Self-Sufficiency will expertly guide you through every aspect of self-sufficiency for the 21st century. An up-to-date reference to the key concepts of self-sufficient living, including low-carbon energy and traditional skills such as preserving and dairying. The best advice on planning which food to grow and which animals to raise so that you can feed yourself throughout the year Suitable for both city-dwellers and smallholders. Real-life experiences that chart the highs and lows of living the self-sufficiency dreamWritten by an expert in the field, Self-Sufficiency is the perfect book for families and individuals who want to make the move towards a more gentle and sustainable way of living off the land.
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Heat Pumps - Energy Efficiency and Traditional Buildings
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Binding: ebook - pdf
The installation of a renewable technology implies in most cases the fixing of equipment to the historic fabric of a building. English Heritage seeks to ensure that any works to a historic building do not unnecessarily disturb or destroy historic fabric.

In deciding how best to incorporate a low-carbon or renewable technology, the principle of minimum intervention and reversibility should be adopted whenever and wherever possible.

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DIY Passive Heating and Cooling
SKU: agua/dphc/7030
Binding: Ebook

Heating and Air Conditioning bills over the top again? Why not cool and heat your home for FREE? At the very least lower your utility bills by offsetting with a passive system.

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A Solar Water Heater Workshop Manual
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Binding: PDF
This document describes in detail how too build a solar water heater.
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Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings
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Binding: PDF ebook
Part L of the Building Regulations seeks to improve the energy efficiency of all buildings. For existing buildings, including historic buildings and those of traditional construction, this means reducing heat losses wherever possible without damaging their special character or compromising their performance.
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Traditional Windows: their care, repair and upgrading
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Binding: PDF
This publication on traditional windows covers both timber and metal windows and is aimed at building professionals and property owners. It sets out to challenge some common perceptions about traditional windows and to demonstrate their significance by charting their history over centuries of technical development and fashion. Detailed technical advice is then provided on their maintenance, repair and thermal upgrading as well as on their restoration.
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Designing Improved Wood Burning Heating Stoves
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Binding: 58 page PDF
This illustrated document sets out some design aspects of good wood burning stoves. Chapters include Patterns for Combustion Chambers. Heat Exchangers. Example Heating Stoves and Options for Insulating Combustion Chambers.
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The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, By John Seymour (Paperback)
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Binding: Paperback 256

The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency is a book for all seasons. Whether you live in town or country, on a farm or in a cottage, in a house with a garden or a flat with a window-box, this book has something for you. If you want to bake your own bread, brew your own beer, make your own cheese, pickle your own onions, this book will show you how. If you want to make hay, milk a cow, smoke a ham, design a dairy, convert to solar energy, this book will show you how. If you just want to grow your own vegetables, bottle your own fruit, dry your own herbs, this book will demonstrate exactly what to do.

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