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

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The coming energy crisis caused by a peak in global oil and natural gas production will profoundly affect the lives of all North Americans. As the price of these vital fuels rises, homeowners will scramble to cut their fuel bills. Two options for meeting the upcoming challenge are dramatic improvements in home energy efficiency and efforts to tap into clean, affordable, renewable energy resources to heat and cool homes, to provide hot water and electricity, and even to cook. These measures can result in huge savings and a level of energy independence.

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy tells you how. It starts by outlining the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy. It then discusses energy conservation to slash energy bills and prepare for renewable energy options. Focusing carefully on specific strategies needed to replace specific fuels, the book then examines each practical energy option available to homeowners:

Solar hot water, cooking, and water purification

Space heat: passive and active solar retrofits

Wood heat

Passive cooling

Solar electricity

Wind-generated electricity

Electricity from microhydropower sources

Emerging technologies-hydrogen, fuel cells, methane digesters, and biodiesel

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy gives readers sufficient knowledge to hire and communicate effectively with contractors and, for those wanting do installations themselves, it recommends more detailed manuals. With a complete resource listing, this well-illustrated and accessible guide is a perfect companion for illuminating the coming dark age.

Dan Chiras has studied renewableenergy and energy efficiency for three decades and has installed several renewable energy systems. He lives in a self-designed passive solar/solar electric home. An award-winning author of over 20 books, he is a sustainability design consultant who teaches courses on renewable energy, green building, and sustainability at Colorado College.

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Chiras is a passive solar home design consultant who lives his philosophy in a solar/solar electric home in Colorado. He presents the rationale of, options for, and barriers to switching to renewable energy, so that other homeowners can also stop having to pay electric bills and pay minimal costs (about $13/month in his case). The guide includes illustrations and an extensive resource list. Distributed by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A vital guide for surviving coming fuel shortages by tapping into renewable energy resources

About the Author

Dan Chiras is an award-winning author of over 20 books on environmental issues, natural building and sustainability. A sustainability design consultant, he teaches courses on renewable energy, green building and sustainability at Colorado College. He has studied renewable energy and energy efficiency for 30 years, and written articles on solar energy for homes in Natural Home, Mother Earth News, and The Last Straw.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865715363
Subtitle:
Achieving Energy Independence through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower
Author:
Chiras, Dan
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
Remodeling & Renovation - Energy Efficient
Subject:
Energy conservation
Subject:
General House & Home
Subject:
Renewable energy sources
Subject:
Dwellings -- Energy conservation.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Mother Earth News Wiser Living
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 BandW illustrations and photographs
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.00 x 7.00 in

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