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The Homeowner's Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid


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Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, use renewable energy, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Understand the fundamentals of solar, wind, water, and biofuel energy production as you make your home ready for renewables. Each chapter of Homeowner's Energy Handbook provides a comprehensive discussion of renewable energy sources along with "green guides" for building your own energy-saving — and energy-producing — equipment. Step-by-step instructions show you how to build a bicycle-powered generator, a biodiesel processor, a thermosiphon solar hot-water collector, a biogas generator,


Make and Conserve Your Own Energy

About the Author

Paul Scheckel lives off the grid in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. He is an energy auditor and consultant who has visited more than 3,000 homes, educating people about energy efficiency, cost-effective improvements, and indoor air quality. He has appeared on national television and local radio, writes a monthly column on energy issues for two statewide Vermont newspapers, speaks at conferences, and hosts a blog.

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Part One: Home Energy Efficiency

1 Getting Ready for Renewables

The Big and Little Energy Picture * Basic Considerations * Systems and Planning * Renewable Habits * The Value of Electricity * Energy Action in Cuba * Build a Bicycle-Powered Battery Charger

2 Do Your Own Energy Audit

Getting Started * Electricity * Hot Water * Heating and Air Conditioning * Thermal Envelope * Windows * Prioritizing Your Improvements

3 Insulating Your Home

How Heat Moves * Measuring Insulation Value * Insulation Inspection * How Much Insulation Do You Need? * Choosing and Installing Insulation * Stopping Air and Moisture * Roof Venting * When "High Performance" Doesn't Perform

4 Deep Energy Retrofits

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Scheckel, Paul
Storey Publishing
Equipment, Appliances & Supplies
HOUSE & HOME / Do-It-Yourself/General
HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
Construction-Do It Yourself
House & Home : Equipment, Appliances & Supplies
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Engineering » Construction » Do It Yourself
Engineering » Construction » Energy Efficient
Engineering » Home Construction » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » Energy Efficiency
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Energy
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Sustainability

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