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The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors Paperback – November 1, 2008
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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:
- Portable and available on-demand
- Close connection to the process or product offers more control
- Improved health and fitness
- The satisfaction of being able to make do with what is available
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)
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For example - was hoping to find plans for a pedal powered washing machine - what I found was how to take a modern style washer and convert it to bike power. But suppose you want to make a washer from scratch using drums and such - no info on that. What about the spin cycle - no luck here either. What about a human powered winnower - no plans.
I have been "green" for decades and I what is sickening is watching capitalism highjack the movement. It almost seems that if you want to be green you have to move to a "third world" country to be able to access affordable appropriate technology because in the USA it will cost you an arm and leg to get it.
This book is excellently written. It is both readable and complete. This year, I taught a group of middle schoolers how to adapt a bicycle to generate electricity. This book helped me to prepare my course work, and I hope to use it again to teach kids about intermediate technologies and their use in the carbon-free, nuclear-free future.
I plan to build more pedal powered devices, and this book will be my first and most essential reference.
The book is very well written and friendly.
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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 on April 18, 2014 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