Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century by Dick Strawgridge, James Strawbridge

By Dick Strawgridge, James Strawbridge

Taking its concept from John Seymours bestselling vintage, the entire e-book of Self-Sufficiency, Self Sufficiency for the twenty first Century brings the topic modern by way of displaying easy methods to reside a extra sustainable existence that everybody can entry, no matter if residing within the urban, the suburbs, or the rustic. Sharing their reports, assistance, and methods, father-and-son group Dick and James Strawbridge convey how one can make the sensible alterations that would have a huge impact in your life-without having to rework your way of life. protecting eco tasks, plant-by-plant and animal-by-animal id, how you can produce very little waste and to take away our dependence upon fossil fuels, and much more, Self Sufficiency for the twenty first Century comprises whatever for everyone-from city residence dwellers to suburbanites to these residing within the nation-state.

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IN THE HOUSE BUILDING AN EARTH SHELTER Could you live in one? Let’s tackle the perceived problems with living in an earth shelter right up front. The question on many people’s lips is: are they damp and cold? It’s a fair cop: some below-ground designs could be damp, like a basement. The answer is to put in a damp-proof course and drainage, and the sun’s energy will keep the shelter warm. Passive solar gain can be used to heat all the rooms with the help of a Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system (see page 44).

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Expensive, most useful version. This is the pure sine wave inverter, which ■ Rectifiers change an AC supply into DC. We use a rectifier to charge ensures the electricity you produce up a set of batteries using the AC matches the electricity distributed current produced by our spinning in the regional grid. water wheel. We can then store the When choosing an inverter, know energy that the wheel generates in what sort of appliances you want to batteries that can be drawn upon in power from it. Ask the installer and, the evening when we use the most if in doubt, check the details with indoor lighting.

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