Carbon-Free Home Book Review and Giveaway!

The Carbon-Free Home So Chelsea Green was kind enough to pass along a copy of Stephen and Rebekah Hren’s new book officially titled The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit.  As always, I’ve handled the book with care and will give it away to one lucky, random commenter below.*  To give you an idea of the quality material contained in the book, here’s a review comment from the green guru Bill McKibben: "It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive, and comprehensible, guide to making your home work for you and for the planet, inside and out.  It’s frugal, it’s sensible, and it will help!"  I’d like to echo the comments of Bill McKibben myself, because this book is completely legit. 

I’ve found this book to be incredibly resourceful — it’s thorough, practical, and authentic.  Plus, the authors know what they’re talking about. 

The Carbon-Free Home is meant to be a guide for the owner or renter of an existing home who is motivated to reduce and eliminate his/her use of nonrenewable fossil fuel energy and the emissions associated with such energy usage.  To do that, the authors created a neat Table of Projects explaining each of 36 green remodeling projects, including the time it takes to do any given project, the cost of the project, the energy saved by the project, whether the project is renter-friendly, and the skills required to complete the project. 

For instance, let’s say you’re thinking of installing a rain barrel.  The Table of Projects says installing a rain barrel will take an afternoon, cost anywhere from $20-$100, result in little energy saved, and can be installed with basic carpentry and plumbing skills.  The table also tells you where to find more information on the project in the book.

The Carbon-Free Home goes into detail explaining several helpful home renovation tips, such as building a horizontal trellis for shading, installing a closed-loop pressurized solar water heater, insulating a hot-water tank and hot-water pipes, and sealing drafts and unused windows, etc.  Lots of good information in here so make sure you go pick up a copy. 

The Carbon-Free Home Can Be Purchased At: Amazon or Chelsea Green.

If you’re interested in the book, drop a comment by noon MST this Friday.  Say where you’re from if you don’t know what to say.  By leaving a comment, you agree to the terms and conditions relating to book giveaways on Jetson Green.  Shipping only within U.S.

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  • Anonymous

    Sounds like alot of useful tips and projects :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  • veganweb2001

    I getting ready to purchase my own home, a book like this would definitely be nice to have around to help lighten my foot print.

  • Andrew Stone

    As always this is a book I would love. Useful to myself and my clients. If I win I will give it away on my blog when I am done with it.

  • Steve

    Have been looking for THE good book on green remodel. I would love to receive that book.

  • Jim Harris

    I’ve already started on some green projects but I sure could use some expert advice.

  • d.a.

    @andrewstone, a very cool way to keep the goodness going. I’ll make that pledge as well; if I get the book, I’ll be sure to pass it on to others.

  • Barbara Baker

    Sounds like something I’d really like to get my hands on and read. It sounds very informative.
    Sending you a HELLO from Corpus Christi Texas!!
    Great giveaway!!!

  • Jacob Glenn

    Sounds great – especially the renter friendly information. I have some friends who rent who I would love to share that info with. :)

  • Deanne

    It’s great to see more resources for renters. I would love to get my hands on this book. :)

  • Mike M

    This sounds like an interesting book. I’m planning some minor remodels this summer, and I’m sure that this book could be informative.


  • Anonymous

    The Carbon-Free Home Book sounds like a great read full of resources for a new, existing, or future homeowner! I know many people, including myself, would benefit from reading it!

  • UrbanRevolutionary

    Sounds like a fantastic book, I’ll throw my hat in the ring, too.
    There’s so fewer of these sorts of resources that make it here to Australia.

  • Terry

    It’s always nice to have new resource material that cuts to the chase…. I’m hoping for a feature chapter on how to make a miniature hydro-generator from downpipe water flow.
    Terry, La Nouvelle ZĂ©lande

  • Concerned environmentalist

    These are the types of books that will help us get out of our energy dependence rut. Little things that we do around the house really add up. Thanks for letting me know about this book.

  • Christine

    My husband and I bought a house built in 1961 and we are in the process of remodeling it top to bottom, this book would be great to make our renovation as “green” as possible.

    • Preston

      Christine!! Congratulations, you’ve been picked as winner of the book. Outside of the comments, email me your address and I’ll have the book sent out to you, pronto. jetsongreen [a] yahoo dot com

      Don’t worry everyone else, I have a stack of books that I’m getting to and we’ll do another giveaway soon!

  • Anonymous

    Seems like a great read and applicable to many situations.

  • Mike M

    I could really use the help in becoming more carbon-neutral.

  • David

    Give it to me!

  • Bill

    Great to see more resources to assist us all in learning how to modify our homes to being more ecologically friendly as opposed to purely new construction. Thanks for the giveaway.

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