The authors of Green from the Ground Up, David Johnston and Scott Gibson, recently released a new book called Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home, which the publisher sent to us for review. Johnson and Gibson explore net zero energy homes of all varieties — bungalows, ranches, craftsmans – and what it takes to build homes that are healthy, green, and ultra energy-efficient.
When you think about sustainable landscaping, you probably consider water efficiency and using low-maintenance native plantings. But do you think about energy efficiency? Cooling the air, cooling the ground, and harnessing the sun, wind, and water? Landscape architect Sue Reed has put together a comprehensive resource on the topic in Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden. In the new book by New Society Publishers, Reed explains how to save money and energy, while creating a beautiful and natural landscape.
To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Friday, May 14, 2010.*
Abrams was kind enough to send us a copy of Sheri Koones’ most recent book on modular homes, Prefabulous and Sustainable. Considering we’ve published over 250 articles on various green prefabs, you can say this book is right up our alley. Indeed, it’s a veritable treasure trove of inspiration for prefab enthusiasts and well worth the cover price of $25.
I want to thank you for entering the 400W wind generator contest that we ran last week. It drew close to 400 entries from folks all around the country, and I enjoyed viewing your links and hearing about your projects. Seems clear that there’s demand for small wind in the right location, and the following winner should be able to put this turbine to good use.
To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Thursday, May 6, 2010.*
After writing about Sam's Club's installation of 17 Skystream turbines in California, we were approached by the company with an opportunity to give away a 400W wind generator. We jumped at the chance given this could help out one of our readers. For informational purposes, the micro turbine is available for purchase online at Sam's Club, but at the end of this giveaway, one random commenter will be chosen to receive one for free.