Sun Rise: Your Complete Guide to Sustainable Living
This down-to-earth book explains in simple terms, how we all can start using solar energy, wind power, breathing walls, straw bale home construction techniques, passive solar design, smart windows, green roofs, and composting – today! You’ll learn how John Wilson and his family made their dreams come true as they explain how to make Natural Living work for you. You’ll learn about the process John discovered to make it all come together. You’ll get the details on how much it cost and what it took to get a wind turbine, solar panels, the hydro meter running backwards, grass on the roof, and a furnace the size of a bread box that doesn’t burn fossil fuels. Here is the book that breaks down many of the barriers to a sustainable lifestyle, and shows what is attainable today. I truly believe that, as in my own case, once people see what others have achieved, they will be inspired and emboldened to make the changes suggested in this book.
Please tell others about this book and where they can download it. I'm offering this book on a shareware basis. If you find it useful or valueable then please consider a donation to support this and other work by John Wilson. If you donate $40 or more I will mail you three documentary DVD videos that I've produced including Natural Living: Wilson Natural Home, The Solar Village, and Hope for a Change: Renewable Energy.
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John Wilson walks you through the ten year journey that his family undertook to build a natural home. Natural Living documents what real people are doing to stop the destruction of the natural world. There are so many things that can be done today.
Learn from the experts about new and old ways to make our homes healthier using natural materials like straw bales. Find out how home design can minimize the need to use fossil fuels for heating and cooling. Capture renewable energy from the sun and wind. Transform the power of sunlight and the wind into electricity. Convert renewable energy into electricity that can even run your electricity meter backwards. Reduce your need for heating energy by using smart windows and passive solar design. Reduce your energy needs by choosing efficient appliances and lighting. Eliminate the need for an air conditioner by incorporating the ancient secrets of Sahara architecture. These are real solutions, presented by real people just like you.
Wilson Natural Documentary DVD
A great companion to the books is a documentary DVD produced by John Wilson. If the books interests you, you'll love the documentary about how John Wilson built the Wilson Natural Home described in his book. Check out the documentary video that describes the entire process - click here.
Toronto Star article - Natural dream
“When it comes to living green, you can't do much better than the Wilson family. On most days, their hydro meter even runs backward at times, as they export electricity to Ontario's power grid. It's a great example of what one family can accomplish in doing what's right for the environment.” Toronto Star, August 30, 2003
About the Author
JOHN WILSON is an award-winning owner, builder and producer of sustainable homes and lifestyle media. He is the producer of Natural Living: The Wilson Natural Home documentary and the founder of the Natural Life Network (www.NaturalLifeNetwork.com). He lives in the Wilson Natural Home with his family near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Meet the author, as featured on my house TV show
Want to learn and see more, buy the documentary video DVD
“Wow! Fantastic video, and a beautiful house too! I'm actually working on some straw bale houses myself right now, outstanding R-values. I'm glad you also mentioned that folks should look at savings first thru cfl bulbs, passive solar design, composting.... Great job! :)”
“Beautifully paced, well photographed, pleasant background music. And, most important, great information on how one family built an environmental house. 5 stars.”