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The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass And Hydropower,9780865715363

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass And Hydropower

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ISBN13:

9780865715363

ISBN10:
086571536X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
5/31/2006
Publisher(s):
Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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Summary

As the Prices of Oil and Natural Gas Rise, homeowners are scrambling to cut their fuel bills and find, economic alternatives to ever more costly fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Responses include dramatically improving home energy efficiency and switching to clean, affordable, and reliable renewable energy resources to heat and cool homes, to provide hot water and electricity, to cook, and even to power vehicles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1(2)
Renewable Energy and Me
3(2)
Why Switch to Renewables?
5(1)
Another Reason for Switching
6(4)
Averting Global Warming
10(1)
Is There Hope?
10(3)
Keeping Your Eye on the Prize
13(1)
Organization of the Book
14(3)
Renewable Energy -- Clean, Affordable and Reliable
17(18)
Making Wise Choices
18(3)
Understanding Energy
21(6)
What is Renewable Energy?
27(1)
The Pros and Cons
28(4)
Prospects for the Future
32(3)
Conservation Rules -- The Cornerstone of Your Energy Future
35(36)
What is Energy Conservation?
38(4)
Benefits of Energy Conservation
42(1)
Home Energy Use
43(2)
Retrofitting Your Home for Energy Efficiency
45(23)
The Silver Lining
68(3)
Solar Hot Water Systems -- Satisfying Domestic Hot Water Needs with Renewable Energy
71(30)
Conventional Hot Water Systems
71(3)
Tankless Water Heaters
74(2)
What is a Solar Hot Water System?
76(1)
A Brief History of Solar Hot Water
77(2)
Solar Hot Water Systems
79(13)
Which System is Best for You?
92(1)
Sizing Your System
93(3)
Finding a Competent Installer
96(1)
The Economics of Domestic Solar Hot Water Systems
97(4)
Free Heat -- Passive Solar, Active Solar, and Heat Pumps
101(20)
What is Passive Solar Heating?
102(2)
Is Passive Solar for You?
104(1)
Types of Passive Solar Design
105(8)
Getting the Help You Need
113(1)
Some Final Thoughts on Passive Solar Retrofits
114(1)
Active Solar Retrofits
114(1)
Active Hot Air Systems
115(1)
Heat Pumps
116(5)
Wood Heat
121(24)
Retrofitting Fireplaces for Efficiency
121(1)
Fuel-Efficient Wood Burning Stoves
122(4)
Shopping for an Efficient, Clean-Burning Wood Stove
126(8)
Wood Furnaces
134(2)
Pellet Stoves
136(1)
Masonry Heaters
137(8)
Passive Cooling -- Staying Cool All Summer Long, Naturally
145(24)
What is Passive Cooling?
146(1)
Tools in the Passive Cooling Toolbox
147(18)
Building a Better Future
165(4)
Solar Electricity -- Powering Your Home with Solar Energy
169(38)
What is a Solar Electric System?
170(21)
Buying a Solar Electric System
191(14)
Locating a Reliable Contractor
205(1)
Why Install Solar Electricity?
206(1)
Wind Power -- Meeting Your Needs for Electricity
207(26)
Is Wind Power in Your Future?
208(1)
Wind Power: A Brief History
209(1)
Understanding Wind Generators
210(2)
Wind Systems: Three Basic Options
212(2)
Is Wind Energy Appropriate Where You Live?
214(3)
Selecting a Wind Generator and Tower
217(11)
Financial Matters
228(2)
Wind Power without Installing a Wind Generator
230(3)
Microhydro -- Generating Electricity from Running Water
233(26)
An Introduction to Hydroelectric Systems
234(1)
The Anatomy of a Microhydro System
235(2)
Assessing the Feasibility of Your Site
237(10)
Buying and Installing a System
247(9)
Finding an Installer or Installing a System Yourself
256(1)
The Pros and Cons of Microhydro Systems
256(3)
What's on the Horizon? New Fuels and New Technologies for Homes and Autos
259(30)
More Fossil Fuels
260(1)
Hydrogen: Solution or Distraction?
261(4)
The Hybrid Transition
265(6)
Plug-In Hybrids
271(1)
Biodiesel-Powered Vehicles and Homes
272(4)
Vegetable Oil as Fuel?
276(5)
What about Ethanol?
281(2)
Methane Digesters
283(1)
The Botanical Revolution
283(3)
Conclusion
286(3)
Appendix: Metric Conversion 289(2)
Resource Guide 291(30)
Selected Titles by the Author 321(2)
Index 323(13)
About the Author 336


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