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Another name for this topic is "living off the grid", which more and more people are doing. Because of the many sources and uses of home energy, we created an input-output table, showing the methods we consider 'best practice' in red. (Some entries are still to be supplied.)

ENERGY SOURCE For home heat For cooking For home cooling For transport For mechanical energy To generate electricity
Sun Solar home heating Solar cooking/drying Thermal chimneys (TBS)   Stirling engine Photovoltaics
Stirling engine
Wood Rocket mass heater
Traditional wood heat
Highly efficient wood cook-stoves (TBS)
Traditional wood cook-stoves (TBS)
    Stirling engine Stirling engine
Wind     Cross-ventilation (TBS) Sailing craft (TBS) Small-scale wind power Small-scale wind power
Water       Sailing craft (TBS)
Other water transport (TBS)
Small-scale water power Small-scale water power
Bio-fuels (TBS)            

General references

(These are also called out, where relevant, in topics in the above table.)

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Energy Primer Merrill & Gage Book alt ener. KSC o'size "Everything you wanted to know about alternative energy" (1974)
Handbook of Homemade Power Eds, Mother Earth News Book alt ener KSC Published by The Mother Earth News. Covers wood, water, wind, solar (as it was then), methane production (1974)
New Low-Cost Sources of Energy for the Home Peter Clegg Book Energy KSC Garden Way Publishing. Solar, wind, water power, waste systems, wood heat. Catalog pages. (1975)
Other Homes and Garbage Leckie et al. Book Green B, Living S. KSC "Designs for self-sufficient living". 1975, but lots of the info hasn't changed.
Producing Your Own Power Stoner Book alt ener KSC "How to Make Nature's Energy Sources Work for You" (1974)

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