The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes

The Natural House is a tour of the construction, costs, and pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cob, Cordwood, Adobe, Earthbags, Papercrete, Earthships…whatever the method, the common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, soothing to the soul, kind to the environment, and pleasing to behold. This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your search for the perfect sustainable dream home. It is a must for home builders, contractors, and architects.

Author Dan Chiras shows how you can gain energy independence and reduce your environmental impact through passive solar heating and cooling techniques, solar electricity, wind power, and micro-hydropower. He also explains safe, economical ways to obtain clean drinking water and treat wastewater, and discusses affordable green products.

While he’s an unabashed advocate of natural building techniques, Chiras takes care not to romanticize and to alert readers to avoidable pitfalls. His detailed, practical, and ecologically sound advice can save tens of thousands of dollars, whether you are buying, building, or renovating a natural home.

This Renewable House: The Definitive Guide to Renewable Energy (VHS VIDEO)

(VHS Video) Determine if solar or wind energy is right for you. Discover how the technologies work. Learn about purchase incentives. Avoid pitfalls by learning from experts. See how to select a contractor to install your system. Hear how solar and wind energy have improved lives and businesses.

BlueLine PowerCost Monitor BLI-28000 Green SMART House Energy USE Display

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Graham Nash Our House Clock

This clock was created without my permission and acquired as a result of a settlement. All proceeds will go to NativeEnergy, a company that offsets the impact of energy use by “planting” wind turbines. Their clean, renewable energy will reduce the use of fossil fuels to create electricity and reduce global warming pollution for you.

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Krud Kutter HS01 Green Pressure Washer Concentrate House and Siding Cleaner with Mild Odor, 1 Gallon

The proprietary formulation of house and siding contains “sporex”, a unique additive which removes tough stains from mildew, mold, algae, fungus and moss and leaves the surface completely clean. In addition, special surfactants penetrate the surface to safely and easily dissolve the toughest stains from dirt, oil grease, bird droppings, tree sap, and acid rain. Even removes gray weathering on wood, chalking, and oxidation. Safe, fast, effective on most surfaces! Recommended for exterior siding (wood, vinyl, aluminum), roofing of all types (asphalt shingles, fiberglass shingles, cedar, tile), gutters, stucco, brick and cement block, masonry, walkways and walls. Directions for use: Rinse surrounding plants with water, before and after application. Wet the surface to be cleaned, prior to applying the product. Place detergent application siphon tube and screen filter directly into container. Open meter valve (if applicable) for maximum product flow. For reservoir machines, pour product (full strength) into pressure washer. Spray at low pressure onto a wet surface. On vertical surfaces, always spray from the top down. Allow product to remain on the surface for 3 to 5 minutes to penetrate. Do not allow product to dry on surface. Remove siphon tube from solution and rinse surface with high pressure spray thoroughly. Flush siphon tube with clean water prior to storage. Contains: a proprietary blend of biodegradable surfactants, detergents, and emulsifiers, in a water-based solution. No petroleum solvents. Caution: Eye and skin irritant. In case of contact with eyes or skin, flush with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. If swallowed, take large amounts of water. Do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention. Material safety data sheet available. Do not mix this product with any other chemicals. Keep out of reach of children. Mild odor. Container size: 1 gallon.

Product Features

  • The proprietary formulation of house and siding contains “SPOREX”, a unique additive which removes tough stains from mildew, mold, algae, fungus and moss and leaves the surface completely clean
  • Special surfactants penetrate the surface to safely and easily dissolve the toughest stains from dirt, oil grease, bird droppings, tree sap and acid rain
  • Even removes gray weathering on wood, chalking, and oxidation
  • No petroleum solvents
  • Coverage: When mixed (1:10) with water, one bottle of concentrate will make 11 gallons of premix, and clean up to 2000 sq. ft.

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  • Table of Contents
  • Does Your Thermostat Measure Up
  • Water Heater Woes
  • Have You Been Audited
  • Drip-Drip-Drip
  • Do You Need a Blanket?
  • How’s Your Head. . .er Throne
  • Keeping Your Cool
  • Appliance Know-How
  • Water, Water Every Where
  • Is Your Water Gray
  • In and Out
  • Let the Sun Shine
  • How is Your Candle Power?
  • Dishwasher Drudgery
  • How to Be a Stripper

Passive Solar Simplified: Easily design a truly green house for Colorado and the West

“Save $, your health & the planet”
This book just what you need to know to design a passive solar home design for the western states, and learn this without extraneous and confusing information. Save over 80% of your heating and cooling bills, improve your health, and tread more lightly on the planet.

“Why wouldn’t you want a passive solar house? This book thoroughly explores one of the simplest and most powerful ideas in the world.”
~Bill McKibben, founder

Most know that passive solar can be used to heat a home, but it can do more. Passive solar can also be used to cool, light and ventilate homes. Passive solar homes will save you money and ensure your family’s comfort. It can do all this without burning fossil fuels or causing nuclear waste. This book is just what you need to know about designing very energy efficient houses for Colorado and the rest of the western states, presented clearly and concisely.

You will discover:
– What passive solar design is and how it will save them money.
– How passive solar will ensure their comfort and health.
– The three key passive solar systems and when to use them.
– The most effective and easy to use green building strategies.
– How to apply these systems and strategies, simply and effectively.

Passive solar Simplified covers the three key types of passive solar systems: direct gain, thermal storage walls, and sunspaces. It also covers the passive solar design strategies: proper building orientation, solar shading, thermal mass, glass, daylighting, room arrangement, and ventilation. All this, plus the other important green building strategies, including insulation, air-sealing, and photovoltaics (PV). These techniques work for both new houses and remodels.