The Carbon-Free Home – Book Giveaway

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PhotobucketCongratulations to Patti of Minnesota, winner of The Carbon-Free Home!

With all the talk of needing to change our energy consumption habits, many of us feel lost.  Maybe we have some cute curly lightbulbs in our house, and perhaps we plan our shopping trips better so we don’t double-back through town and use so much gasoline.  But aside from this, what can we do?  If your electric bill is giving you nightmares, if you’re dreaming of being more self-sufficient, then The Carbon-Free Home – 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, may just be the next book to pick up.

For me, The Carbon-Free Home, published by Chelsea Green, is a rich resource of information on becoming more self-reliant.  The focus of the book is most definitely environmental, but because of my interest in self-sufficiency, I’ve found that the two most often go hand in hand.  I don’t like relying on the electric company and the gas company.  I dream of windmills in my back yard!  I appreciate the detailed info authors Stephen and Rebekah Hren share on everything from solar cooking to using rainwater to those wonderful windmills.  They go to great lengths to take out the guesswork for you and me, even giving difficulty levels for various projects and the estimated cost of each.  Whether you live in an urban apartment or have land far from civilization,  you’ll find tips and information useful to help you cut down on your carbon footprint.

If you’ve got kids, there are projects in here that you can involve them in as well.  For instance, building a solar oven would make a fabulous project for the whole family. (There are simple instructions and more involved, permanent solar oven constructions as well.  Take your pick, they all look fun and efficient.) I can’t imagine a more engaging and educational family activity than learning to cook food on an oven you’ve all made together, with no gas and not even a flame.  Teaching children self-sufficiency and love for their planet are two important lessons for certain!

Other sections of The Carbon-Free Home include:  Refrigeration, Domestic Hot Water, Rainwater, Heating & Cooling, Food & Landscaping, and more.  This book is a rich resource for any family looking to conserve energy and lessen their dependence on fossil fuels.

3 Ways to Enter

1.) Just tell me one thing you do or would like to do to help your family cut down on energy usage. Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post.

Feel free to do all three, and you have three entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Thursday, August 14, 2008, to enter.

88 thoughts on “The Carbon-Free Home – Book Giveaway

  1. We use CFLs, line dry laundry, unplug appliances when not in use, our thermostat is usually set at 62 in the winter.

  2. To cut down on energy usage we wash everything in cold water. It gets things just as clean but with less energy used. We also try to do consecutive loads in the dryer so it is still warm from the load before and has to use less to heat up again.

  3. I try to talk about global warming etc from time to time in gentle ways and if I find an article etc. I bring it to the attention of family members. I find that they try to save water, turn out lights, change to the more energy efficient light bulbs without feeling deprived at all.

  4. We put absolutely everything on power strips, which we shut off when we leave the room. Our electric bills have dropped dramatically, and it’s really so so easy.

  5. It is simple – but I would love an on demand hot water heater. I would also love to install a better heating system – perhaps solar powered…and another small thing would be to update our dishwasher!

  6. It is simple – but I would love an on demand hot water heater. I would also love to install a better heating system – perhaps solar powered…and another small thing would be to update our dishwasher!

  7. you’ve probably already won a million bloggy awards – but I just nominated you for another on my blog. No pressure, though, to mention it on your site. Mostly, I wanted others to know about you.

    Julies last blog post..My First…EVER

  8. we make sure that we use and reuse as often as possible. We even have a reward for the child who has picked up the most empty cans on the way home from school. We take these to the recylce center at the end of the month. the cans go to a charity that gets money for the aluminum.

  9. limited income keeps me shuffling bills to make ends meet, would so loveto win this book thank you for the chance

  10. I would love to get a wind generator to take advantage of the coastal breezes, solar is not an option for us here in the northwest.

  11. We have already switched all our bulbs with the low energy flourescents; lights go out as soon as we are through using them; and use a gas saving car at 38mpg. We DREAM of going off the grid entirely, with solar roofing panels for solar energy; at least one windmill (how many can you have on half an acre?); routing rain water for ‘dirty’ usage (toilet tanks, etc.). Any other ideas will be strongly considered. Especially affordable changes we can make now.

  12. Lovely post. Please add my email address to your list and email me the updates if possible. I always like to read your blog and comment on it.

  13. This summer, we did entirely without air conditioning. I know. Saints, huh? 😉 We live in the desert part of Washington state (Seattle hogs up all of our rain!). Our base rate on electricity went up 16% here, so we got creative. We opened all the windows at night, and ran energy star fans on intake. Then we closed everything up in the morning, before it got warm. When it was 115 outside, we managed to keep it down to about 74 inside, just by cooling the house down at night. But boy does it stink if you forget a fan and have it sucking in 90 degree air.

    My next step is to get a clothes line set up. I want one of the lines that retracts back into the spinner when it’s not in use so I don’t clothes line (literally) my kids. But I can’t find them in ANY stores! Time to order online I guess.

  14. We have installed CFL light bulbs, keep all lights off during the day, all blinds closed during the day – even though I’m home all day. Turned the thermostat up in the summer, down in the winter, installed power strips to turn off all vampire appliances. Turned down the water heaters, don’t use heat dry on the dishwasher and only partially dry clothes in the dryer and then hang to complete drying. I use the microwave to cook as much as possible instead of the oven in the summer – we eat a lot of salads and sandwiches to cut down on heating appliances and dishes to be washed. My electric bill is STILL 350-400 bucks a month and there is only my husband and I living here. I NEED HELP to reduce it further. I am disabled and not a lot of income, so I need affordable ways to energize my home. Thank you so much for this give away. I have high hopes that it maybe can help me.

  15. We have replaced our old AC/Heat pumps with newer more energy saving models and we keep our thermostats on 78 in summer. And we live in Florida

  16. I bought a clothesline to hang up in the backyard to dry clothes when it’s sunny out- especially our cloth diapers. I need to remember to turn things off like the VCR that still use power even when I’m not using them.

    Ellies last blog post..Muffin Tin Monday- Pretzels!

  17. We pretty much do most of the things mentioned in these comments. We’d like to install some kind of rainwater harvesting techniques at our house as well as having a solar panel grid and small wind turban back-up. I would love to generate all of my own electricity, but I don’t think that is possible due to the expense. I have seen some fantastic ideas on TV, but I’m afraid they will remain dreams until the prices come down.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  18. I’d love to have solar panels installed, but not sure if that’s practical with this house. I’d love to read about some projects that are more attainable right now.

  19. We are just about to make the transition to cloth diapering – less oil usage to produce the disposables we won’t be using anymore!

  20. We are investigating solar air collectors for use on our house. We would love to get these to help cut down on our heating costs in the winter

  21. Everything that isn’t in use is unplugged until it’s needed again. We don’t constantly turn the computer on and off like we used to. The thermostat is set at 76 in the summer and 68-70 in the winter. I try to implement new ideas when I come across them. Thank you for the contest!

  22. We keep our heating and cooling systems in excellent condition with seasonal check-ups and frequent filter changes. In the winter we delay turning on the heating as long as possible and when we do, we keep the thermostat on a lower setting and wear extra clothes. In the summer we are at a higher thermostat setting, wear cool clothes, and use fans to move the air in the room where we are. We wash using cold water and SoapNuts and only use hot water if something is filthy. When I use the oven, I try to cook several things at once to take advantage of the oven heat and to minimize heating up the house in summer. In the winter after I bake, I turn off the oven and open the oven door to let remaining heat come into the kitchen. I love hearing all the ways people are saving energy – we are all in this together!

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