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9780071622851

Renewable Energies for Your Home: Real-World Solutions for Green Conversions

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    9780071622851

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    0071622853

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-13
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB

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Simple and Inexpensive Renewable Energy Solutions for Your HomeIt's not always easy being green, and sometimes it costs more than you'd expect to get an eco-friendly home improvement project up and running. Renewable Energies for Your Home gives you sustainable home energy solutions that won't drain your wallet or the power grid.Get details on generating heat with biomass fuels and other ways to use biodiesel and ethanol in your home. You'll discover how to harness affordable wind power and soak up free solar energy. Filled with step-by-step instructions and helpful photos and illustrations, this hands-on guide will help you reduce your carbon footprint and increase your cash flow at the same time!Renewable Energies for Your Home covers: Energy savings and environmental benefits Biomass fuels, including biodiesel, ethanol, used fryer oil, and wood Producing your own biodiesel without titration Assembling a biolight grill and fire starter Making bioburn-a firewood substitute Wind turbines Solar lighting, heating, water heating, and electric generation Building a solar heat collector Creating a wind/solar hybrid electric system

Author Biography

Russel Gehrke is an engineer, inventor, and consultant well-known in alternative energy circles. He is the vice president of Ecosense Solutions, LLC, and has been featured on the Discovery Channel and in several episodes of the syndicated television show Cool Fuel Road-Trips, his own pilot TV show, Eco-Outlaws, as well as the History Channeln++s Modern Marvels. Russel has built hot rods for Willie Nelson and custom motorcycles for John Paul DeJoria, the St. Louis Blues, and others. He is the inventor of n++The Reformer,n++ a patent-pending technology that processes ethanol in stationary engines in a much more efficient way. It reduces hourly ethanol use in irrigation systems by more than fifty percent, while improving emissions.

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Dale Wiley is the chief executive officer of American Green Holdings. Before starting the company, he had a successful trial law practice and also produced several records for his record label, Slewfoot Records. Wiley is a graduate of Washington University and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Forewordp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
My Path to Greenp. 1
It's a Gasp. 2
Dream Big and Dream Oftenp. 2
Successful Failurep. 3
Willie's Willysp. 4
Margaritavillep. 5
Not Running on Emptyp. 5
Outlawsp. 7
What's Next?p. 9
On the Road Againp. 9
Other Projects in the Worksp. 11
Cheap Heatp. 12
Highway Powerp. 13
Algae Greenp. 14
My Pathp. 15
Energy Independencep. 17
Money, Wealth, and Powerp. 18
Don't Ask, "Why?" Ask, "Why Not?"p. 18
Energy Independencep. 18
Carbon-Neutral Resourcesp. 19
Needs and Wantsp. 20
Global Sustainable Developmentp. 20
The Solutionp. 21
How We Get Therep. 21
The Problemp. 22
The Solutionp. 23
How We Get Therep. 25
Complex Interdependencep. 28
Conclusionp. 30
Bibliographyp. 30
The Impact of Fossil Fuels and the Path We're Onp. 33
Moving Forwardp. 34
Dennis Weaver's "Ecolonomic" Institutep. 34
Agriculturep. 36
Industry and Manufacturingp. 36
Energyp. 37
Public Policyp. 37
Interdependencep. 38
Pollutionp. 39
Potentially Better Uses for Fossil Fuelsp. 40
The Shift to Renewables and Its Costp. 43
Energy Is the Ability to Do Work and Add Valuep. 44
Energy and Investmentp. 44
Fossil Foolsp. 45
Human Powerp. 45
Biomass Fuelsp. 47
The Fat of the Landp. 47
What Is Biodiesel?p. 48
"Wood" You Believe?p. 48
Wood-Burning Tipsp. 48
Old Ideas Are New Againp. 49
Food versus Fuelp. 49
Hungry for an Answerp. 50
Biofuel to the Rescuep. 50
High Energyp. 50
Return on Investmentp. 51
Sustainable Economiesp. 51
We Are the Worldp. 51
Biodieselp. 51
Market Demandsp. 52
Diesel Powerp. 52
Future Demandp. 52
The Critical Agricultural Materials Actp. 52
Castor Oil Industryp. 53
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Reportp. 54
CRP to Fuelp. 55
Cleaner and Greenerp. 55
Rudolph Dieselp. 56
How the Diesel Engine Worksp. 56
Biodiesel in Your Homep. 57
How to Get Itp. 57
Ethanolp. 58
It's Good to Be Kingp. 58
Corn-Based Ethanolp. 59
How Ethanol Worksp. 60
Ethanol's Futurep. 60
We All Could Use More Fiberp. 60
Two Steps Forward, One Step Backp. 61
Where to Get Itp. 61
Biomass Projects for the Homeownerp. 63
Project 1: Biodiesel without Titrationp. 64
What Is Titration?p. 64
Biodiesel Recapp. 64
Settle Itp. 64
It's a Washp. 64
Biodiesel Tipsp. 65
Let's Startp. 65
The Recipep. 66
To Wash or Not to Wash?p. 70
How to Washp. 71
Make It Clear and Dryp. 73
Where to Use Your Biodieselp. 73
How to Use itp. 74
What to Do with the Glycerol?p. 76
Project 2: Biolight Fire and Grill Starterp. 80
Let's Startp. 80
How to Use Itp. 82
Project 3: Bioburn Wax Log and Firewood Substitutep. 83
Let's Startp. 84
How to Use Itp. 85
Micro Biodiesel Plantp. 86
Find Your Oil Supply Firstp. 86
Where's the Good Waste Oil?p. 88
Equipmentp. 88
Build Your Ownp. 88
Here Is What You Need and What You Dop. 89
Let's Get Startedp. 91
Let's Brewp. 93
How to Use Itp. 94
Biodiesel Combustion at Workp. 94
Wind Powerp. 97
Where to Get Itp. 98
How Wind Turbines Workp. 98
Wind Is Practicalp. 98
Size Mattersp. 98
Wind Turbinesp. 99
The Systemp. 99
Stumbling Blocksp. 100
Wind Project for Homeownersp. 101
Project: Wind-Powered Clothes Dryerp. 101
Like Grandma Used to Dop. 101
What's My Line?p. 102
Let's Build Itp. 103
What to Dop. 104
How to Use Itp. 114
Solar Powerp. 119
Pure Energyp. 119
Solar Lightingp. 120
Solar Heatingp. 120
The Physics of Heatp. 120
It's Clear to Mep. 121
Solar Water Heating and Treatingp. 121
Boiling It Downp. 121
Solar Electricity Generationp. 122
The Systemp. 123
Solar Project for the Homeownerp. 125
Project: Solar Heat Collector for Inside the Homep. 125
Shine Onp. 125
Solar Collectionp. 126
Let's Build a Solar Collectorp. 126
What to Dop. 127
How to Use Itp. 131
Wind and Solar Hybrid Projectp. 133
Phantom Loadsp. 133
How Does a Hybrid System Save Money?p. 134
Sizing the Systemp. 135
Solar Installationp. 135
Keep Them in the Sunp. 135
No Obstructions to Sunlightp. 135
Mounting Your Solar Panel Systemp. 135
Into the Windp. 136
Wind Power Works Betterp. 136
Your Wind Power Systemp. 137
Human Power for the Homep. 139
What You Can Dop. 139
Just Chillp. 139
It's in the Airp. 140
What's Up?p. 141
Dust to Dustp. 142
Clean Up Your Actp. 142
All Washed Upp. 142
Garden Spotp. 143
Compost with the Mostp. 143
Add Some Sunp. 143
Renewable Energy Providersp. 145
Solar Electric Photovoltiac Systemsp. 145
Wind Power Systems for the Homeownerp. 161
Wind Power Component Providersp. 166
Renewable Energy Nonprofit Organizationsp. 169
Glossaryp. 177
Where to Find Out Morep. 187
Biodiesel Projects, Help, and Suppliesp. 189
Biodiesel Basics Starter Kitp. 190
This Kit Includesp. 191
Deluxe Biodiesel Starter Kitp. 191
Ultimate Starter Kitp. 191
Titration Helpp. 192
Why Titrate?p. 192
Materials Neededp. 192
Titration Instructionsp. 193
Accounting for Base Purityp. 194
Additional Commentsp. 194
Titration Kitsp. 194
Magnetic Stirrersp. 195
Indexp. 199
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