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ISBN: 9781890132576
Year Added to Catalog: 2000
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: b&w illustrations and photographs, resource guide, index
Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 480 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1890132578
Release Date: June 1, 2000
Web Product ID: 147

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Daniel D. Chiras

Dan Chiras paid his last electric bill in June of 1996. It is not that he has disavowed the use of electricity and modern conveniences, but rather that he has turned to the sun and wind to meet his family's needs.

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