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Ask about Passive Solar Furniture I talk a lot about the Home part of the RE lifestyle but there is another facet that is equally important, the Heart part. Besides taking care of and maintaining your power system you also have to work at maintaining your partnership with each other. The RE lifestyle dream includes having an energy-efficient, earth-friendly house, usually very rural. This is where you and your lifemate will live in blissful solitude, spending your days producing your own power...

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Above PV panel angle adjustability aids collection of maximum energy. elcome to Home Power's new series on Solar Sprint racing. Solar Sprint is an opportunity for young and old to have fun with solar energy, learn some useful lessons, and introduce new folks to renewable energy. We'll be promoting the sport, sharing vehicle construction tips, resource info and report on race events. Below Adjustable mount attaches panel to chassis and allows easy and accurate angle changes. Note line guide...

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n the late 1970's the written resources for what we wanted to achieve at our site were less numerous and informative than now available. Combing bookstores, we located three, The Owner Built Home (Ken Kern), Living the Good Life (Helen & Scott Nearing) and Wind and Wind Spinners (Michael Hackleman). Added to those volumes was a collection of The Mother Earth News and we were off on a learning curve which at times rode like a wild mouse. Kern's book helped us to decide on building with...

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Solar power is great, but there are other environmentally friendly ways besides PV systems to pump water, run a fan, or charge your batteries. Besides, if you live in a cloudy part of the world and you want to get off grid, you'll need a way to top off your batteries on days when the sun doesn't shine. If you're looking for a good way to supplement your home power system you should consider a Stirling engine. Above A Robinson type engine for low power uses. Above A Robinson type engine for low...

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Air Vent Required if top of tank is sealed, particularly if tank is buried. Inlet Pipe optional Feed water in at this level if you want the pipe from the well to drain when pump stops to prevent pipe from freezing . Can enter top of tank. Overflow Outlet Drains excess water if float switch failsor if overflow is desired for irrigation. Refresher Valve optional A slow leak just below float switch on-level will cause the pump to periodically refresh the water during times of low demand Normally...