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Rex Ewing ends his book with a poignant reflection about living with Mother Nature's energy generosity. That's where we need to start our adventure into alternative, more natural energy sources:

"...these non-depleting sources of energy have for me become not only a means to an end, but a way of life. I cannot imagine waking up in the morning without parting the drapes and studying the sky, or watching the treetops to see how hard the wind is blowing, and from what direction. Or feeling a tickling urge to step outside to feel the brisk morning air against my face, so I can get a sense for what Mother Nature is serving up today."

Ewing has written with a refreshingly humorous approach to renewable energy -- if that's possible in a how-to book. "It is also to acquiesce to being humbled by nature..." he confides.

Once you get the right perspective, you can dig into this productive adventure into the technologies and possibilities of renewable energy -- self-reliance definitely triumphs over dependence.

"Power with Nature" is a roll-up-your-sleeves book that helps you select, size and install a productive solar and wind system. By combining the best of passive solar design with a properly sized solar PV system and small wind turbine system...you can comfortably live off the grid. Ewing even throws in micro-hydro power for those who have enough running water to explore conversion into energy.

But renewable energy generation isn't enough -- you also need controllers and batteries and inverters. And a maintenance routine. And a bit of drinking water is a good thing, too -- a real good thing.

And safety ... well, that comes in handy on a volatile planet!

"Imagine that lightning never wandered beneath the clouds. And while you're at it, imagine that you could be absolutely assured that every part of your system would work perfectly at all times -- never requiring service or replacement parts or components -- and that no one would ever try to draw more current through a wire than the wire could safely carry. If these three conditions were always true, then there would be no need for fuses, breakers, disconnects, ground wires or lightning surge protectors." Get the picture? This is a practical book presented with wit and charm. And how-to master renewable energy in your home to empower and protect your loved ones.

But just in case you have an "artsy" side, you might like to start with Ewing's fable, "Dog of the Sun - Cat of the Wind" -- a primer disguised as a fable that explores what it's like to get caught in the maelstrom of the renewable energy revolution. Ewing shares his experience ... vividly.

BOOK:
Power With Nature
Alternative Energy Solutions for Homeowners
Updated Second Edition
Rex A. Ewing
Publisher: PixyJack Press
A solar & wind powered independent publisher
www.PixyJackPress.com



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