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What if I could harness this energy? An unusual question for anyone putting in a long stint on a treadmill perhaps, and yet human power is a very old, practical and empowering alternative to fossil fuels. Replacing motors with muscles can be considered a political act-an act of self-sufficiency that gains you independence.
The Human-Powered Home is a one-of-a-kind compendium of human-powered devices gathered from a unique collection of experts. Enthusiasts point to the advantages of human power:
This book discusses the science and history of human power and examines the common elements of human-powered devices. It offers plans for making specific devices, grouped by area of use, and features dozens of individuals who share technical details and photos of their inventions.
For those who want to apply their own ingenuity, or for those who have never heard of human-powered machines, this book is a fine reference. For those who are beginning to understand the importance of a life of reduced dependency on fossil fuels, this book could be a catalyst for change.(2008-05-07)
good detailed instructions to help you decrease dependence on the grid. I am just not there yet and have little space for a bike to power some of my things.Published 13 months ago by NY Giants fan
I bought this for him as he is always looking for inventive ways to do things and this keeps him interested.Published on January 11, 2013 by D. Burgher
Read part of this book at a friends house and want to get a copy. But I only buy books that I can read on the kindle. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Philip Lester
I SKIMMED THE BOOK AND DISCOVERED THAT IT GIVES YOU NEW IDEAS HOW TO COME UP WITH ALTERNATIVE DESIGNS FOR HUMAN-POWERED SYSTEMS BUT..... Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by LEARNING A LESSON