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Mystery boss of Gaiam.

The mysterious Jirka Rysavy, boss of the publicly held Gaiam company, has come up trumps for off-gridders everywhere with the Off-Grid Living section. From books to renewable energy sources, it is a great collection. Take the Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook , for example – a guide to products ranging from simple energy-saving devices like compact fluorescent lights to home-scale energy-harvesting systems that use the sun. Its an essential reference manual from one of the leading industry names. And the best of these products are available here at www.off-grid.net in our online shop. The goods are high quality but pricey, and Jirka snapped up Real Goods a couple years ago. He is committed to selling products that promote environmental responsibility. Gaiam recently reported 63% profit margins, but you get what you pay for, and we believe their claim to give honest value, The Real Goods Trading Company is one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

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The Real Goods sourcebook has chapters on Independent Living, Land, Shelter, Harvesting Energy, Managing Energy Systems, Heating and Cooling, Water, Energy Conservation, the Nontoxic Home, Home and Market Gardening, Mobility and Electric Vehicles, and Livelihood and Learning. A wealth of expertise, at $19.70 (

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