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Adobe Homes for All Climates: Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques

by Lisa Schroder & Vince Ogletree

The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and...


A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office: Navigating the Maze of Solar Options, Incentives, and Installers

by Stephen Hren & Rebekah Hren

Solar power, once a fringe effort limited to DIY enthusiasts, is now fast becoming mainstream. Many home and business owners are curious about solar electric and solar thermal systems, and wonder how to go about...


Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader

by Philip Ackerman-Leist & Erin Ackerman-Leist

Ever since Thoreau's Walden, the image of the American homesteader has been of someone getting away from civilization, of forging an independent life in the country. Yet if this were ever true, what is the nature...


Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture

by Shannon Hayes

Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises-drive less, consume...


Nontoxic Housecleaning

by Amy Kolb Noyes

When it comes to cleaning products, society often values convenience over personal and planetary health, thanks to decades of advertising propaganda from the chemical companies that market overpriced and dangerous...


The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design to Cool and Heat Your Home, 2nd Edition

by James Kachadorian

Revised and Expanded Edition - Includes CD-ROM with Custom Design Software

For the past ten years The Passive Solar House has offered proven techniques for building homes that heat and cool themselves, using...


Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates

by Paul Lacinski & Michel Bergeron

In 1994, when Chelsea Green published The Straw Bale House, the response from many people was a loud, "Huh?!"

Those days are gone. With more than 100,000 copies sold, and straw bale projects underway in most...


The Transition Timeline: For a Local, Resilient Future

by Shaun Chamberlin & Rob Hopkins

The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us. It describes four possible scenarios for the UK and world...


The Sauna: A Complete Guide to the Construction, Use, and Benefits of the Finnish Bath, 2nd Edition

by Robert L. Roy

With a history going back at least one thousand years, the sauna is ready for a new generation of enthusiasts seeking health, pleasure, and peace of mind, and Rob Roy is ready to recruit! "If the sauna is just...


The Rammed Earth House

by David Easton & Cynthia Wright

The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all...


Water: Use Less-Save More: 100 Water-Saving Tips for the Home

by Jon Clift & Amanda Cuthbert

100 simple and effective tips for saving water, inside and outdoors of your home or business. Packed with practical ideas for your kitchen, bath, landscaping, and water using chores.

Did you know . . .

  • We use...


Getting Started in Permaculture: 50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens, 2nd Edition

by Ross Mars & Jenny Mars

Permaculture experts Ross and Jenny Mars outline the steps to transform your garden into a productive living system. Modeled upon the development of Candlelight Farm, and illustrated with photographs, this guide...


Energy: Use Less-Save More: 100 Energy-Saving Tips for the Home

by Jon Clift & Amanda Cuthbert

100 energy saving tips for everything in your home or business!

Did you know . . .

  • Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical home
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs last about 12 times...


A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity

by John Saltmarsh, William Coperthwaite & Peter Forbes

William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years hasexplored the possibilities of true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau,...


When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition

by Matthew Stein

There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares...


Mortgage Free!: Innovative Strategies for Debt-Free Home Ownership, 2nd Edition

by Robert L. Roy

mort•gage (mor´-gij)

n. from Old French morgage, mort gage, literally “death pledge”

As a wave of foreclosures sweeps the country, many people are giving up hope for owning a home of their own. They have...


The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

by Stephen & Rebekah Hren

You probably know that energy used in your home produces more global-warming pollution than your car, but what can you do to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels? Maybe you daydream of starting from scratch,...


Confessions of a Locksmith

by Justin Fankhauser

Justin Fankhauser has been a locksmith for over 10 years. He's written this book, with useful tips and amusing anecdotes collected throughout his career, to help people get a better idea of how they should secure...


From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and Traditional Techniques for Cooking and Baking with Fire

by Richard Miscovich & Daniel Wing

In the past twenty years, interest in wood-fired ovens has increased dramatically in the United States and abroad, but most books focus on how to bake bread or pizza in an oven. From the Wood-Fired Oven offers...


Remodel My House: How To Do It Right: Understanding The Process Of Remodeling

by Dwight Chung

Are you living in an older house that is in need of a remodel or are you ready to update your house a bit? If so, you need to have a copy of the book "Remodel My House: How To Do It Right." This book gives the...