Aztext Press

Life Off-the-Grid

When Something Old is New Again

By Michelle Mather

Last year one of our biggest projects was the revision of our book “The Renewable Energy Handbook” by William Kemp. First published in 2003 as “The Renewable Energy Handbook for Homeowners”, we revised and updated it in 2005 and at that time it grew from 300 pages to over 500 pages of important information. This time there was so much to add that we actually changed the size of the book to an 8″ x 10″ format.

The field of renewable energy is growing in leaps and bounds and so William Kemp decided it was time to revisit this important topic. He added a great deal of new information, updated and revised much of the book and also changed and added illustrations and photographs. If you’ve ever taken a look at this book, you know just how well illustrated it is! Apparently Bill is a firm believer in the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” but he also believes in using a lot of words too!

This book isn’t only about powering your home with renewable energy. Bill discusses energy efficiency in your home, whether you are building a new home or retrofitting and upgrading an old one. There is an extensive chapter on heating and cooling your home with renewable energy. Bill considers everything from using passive solar heating to heating with wood or pellets to a look at geothermal heating and cooling systems.

The chapter entitled “A Showcase of Renewable Energy Powered Homes” was also extensively revised. There is information and pictures about an off-grid RV and cottage as well as larger, year-round homes. Bill showcased his own home and highlighted his continuing efforts to make his home truly “zero carbon” by eliminating the use of propane and other fossil fuels. Too often “off grid” really means “on propane.” This chapter also includes a very thorough look at the installation of a geothermal system including the costs and benefits of this technology.

We recently received this email from Mr. F. R., PhD. who is preparing an article on off-grid living;

First, I want to congratulate Mr. Kemp on a very well written book, “The Renewable Energy Handbook”. I have read it twice and have also purchased it for friends who are considering going off-grid. It is very comprehensive and, in my opinion, the best book on off grid living available!

People have been saying great things about this book since we first published it. Sometimes when we are overwhelmed with the tasks of publishing and promoting our new titles, we forget what a library of amazing books and DVDs we have produced. The Renewable Energy Handbook is one of the jewels in the Aztext Press crown and I hope you’ve had a chance to see it!


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