Got Sun? Go Solar: Harness Nature’s Free Energy to Heat & Power Your Grid-Tied Home
Updated 2nd Edition
by Rex A. Ewing & Doug Pratt
This straight-talking book cuts through the green energy hype and explains how grid-connected homeowners can be smart about their energy future. Solar and wind-generated electricity, solar water heating, passive solar techniques and geothermal heating/cooling will enable homeowners to become self-sufficient while protecting themselves from rising utility rates and grid blackouts. With financial incentives now available, the time is perfect to utilize nature’s free energy.
This is an excellent primer on home application of solar energy. Written in a chatty and amusing style, the book is more informational than mechanical. Because of the technological advances in the field, books covering the subject need to be updated frequently to remain useful. This update of the 2005 edition delivers fresh new information on energy regulations as well as a new section on solar and geothermal heating.
— Library Journal
"Ewing and Pratt both have long standing experience building and living with solar power systems, on and off the grid, with or without wind power. Here they augment their 2005 guide to designing and maybe installing a home system by adding chapters on using sunlight to heat the house and heat water, and on geothermal heating and cooling. The information they provide is available in many books now, but they present it with an informal and entertaining style that might appeal to many readers."
—SciTech Book News
"Got Sun gets it right. Clear and concise, all the information needed by anyone who wants solar or wind energy, which should be everyone!"
— Jeff Wolfe, CEO - Global Resource Options, Vermont (NABCEP Certified PV Installer)
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MEET THE AUTHORS
Rex A. Ewing has lived off-grid with solar and wind energy since 1999. His energy books also include Power With Nature, HYDROGEN—Hot Stuff Cool Science, and Crafting Log Homes Solar Style. His articles on renewable energy and equine nutrition have appeared in numerous publications since the early 1990s.
Since the mid-1980s, Doug Pratt has been in the forefront on the renewable energy industry as consultant, technician, teacher and writer. He has worked with a wide range of industry manufacturers, beta-testing new equipment and bringing it to market. For 15 years Doug was the technical editor for the industry-leading Real Goods Solar Living, while designing and consulting on thousands of residential and commercial renewable energy systems. Pratt has lived in passive solar homes, on and off-grid since 1980.
192 pages • 7½ x 8 paperback
illustrated • 2009
Log Home Secrets of Success:
"Invaluable in helping sort through the hype and sometimes conflicting information that can befuddle and discourage log-home enthusiasts. I can think of no better place to start (or re-start) the quest for your own log home than in these pages."
Living With Bears Handbook:
"If you live in bear country (and, unless you're an inner-city resident, you probably do), you owe it to bears to read this smart, useful and long-overdue book. Don't let them die because of your or your neighbors' mistakes."
Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate:
"...Even trained scientists will find something new in the personal, and often humorous, observations in these pages. This book is perfect reading for every inquisitive traveler to Costa Rica."
"Lloyd makes a complex subject accessible and helpful to a broad audience, from interested homeowners to system installers. A solid addition to all 'renewables' collections."
We believe words are powerful and that a book in hand is empowering in ways the internet can't be. To really delve into a subject and glean some hard-won wisdom, read a good book.
Educational Materials Also Available
We make it easy for teachers, schools, organizations and other non-profits to buy direct from us: our store lists quantity discounts of books AND we offer a variety of educational materials (door hangers, pocket guides, study guides) to help educate and motivate your students and members.
Rex and LaVonne Ewing
How we ended up here
In 1999, after publishing a best-selling book on horse nutrition, we relocated our new publishing company several miles off the beaten path to a place of breathtaking views and endless wildlife. But no utilities. And so we began the odyssey of handcrafting a home from a pile of trees and learned how to harness the sun and wind to provide the energy. We then transformed our hard-won knowledge into a couple of popular graphic-packed renewable energy books. Soon afterwards we added more authors to our lineup and expanded our range of topics.
What we publish
PixyJack Press publishes non-fiction titles about nature...the wild and not-so-wild:
All in all, PixyJack Press is rather ‘green’ when it comes to our list of environmental titles and our reliance on renewable energy. Even Publishers Weekly took note of this unique combination in the article, "Green and Off the Grid," by Bridget Kinsella (2009).
But since the real-life adoption of renewable energy transcends petty politics, readers never know that our authors come from both ends of the political spectrum; guilt trips are left at the door.
Every good book starts with an articulate, passionate author who effectively puts together thousands of words to inspire and inform.
Renewable Energy: Rex Ewing, Doug Pratt, Gregory McNamee, Donal B. Lloyd
Bears: Linda Masterson, Sylvia Dolson
Costa Rica: Jack Ewing
Fire & Wildfire: Einar Jensen, Linda Masterson
Log Homes: Roland Sweet, Rex Ewing
Horse Nutrition: Rex Ewing