The homeowner's guide to renewable energy: achieving energy independence through solar, wind, biomass, and hydropower 9780865716865, 9781550923919, 9781550924794, 0865716862

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy shows home and business owners how to make dramatic improvements in energ

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The homeowner's guide to renewable energy: achieving energy independence through solar, wind, biomass, and hydropower
 9780865716865, 9781550923919, 9781550924794, 0865716862

Table of contents :
Acknowledgments Introduction Renewable Energy and Me Organization of the Book Chapter 1: Renewable Energy - Clean, Affordable, and Reliable Making Wise Choices Understanding Energy What is Renewable Energy? The Pros and Cons of Renewable Energy Prospects for the Future Chapter 2: Conservation Rules - The Cornerstone of Your Energy Future Efficiency First! Energy Conservation as a Renewable Source of Energy Benefits of Energy Conservation Home Energy Use Retrofitting Your Home for Energy Efficiency The Silver Lining Chapter 3: Solar Hot Water Systems - Satisfying Domestic Hot Water Needs with Solar Energy Conventional Hot Water Systems Tankless Water Heaters What is a Solar Hot Water System? A Brief History of Solar Hot Water Solar Hot Water Systems Which System is Best for You? Sizing Your System Finding a Competent Installer The Economics of Domestic Solar Hot Water Systems Chapter 4: Free Heat - Passive Solar and Heat Pumps What is Passive Solar Heating? Is Passive Solar for You? Types of Passive Solar Design Getting the Help You Need Some Final Thoughts on Passive Solar Retrofits Heat Pumps Conclusion Chapter 5: Solar Hot Air and Hot Water Systems: Affordable Heat from the Sun Solar Hot Air Heating Systems Solar Hot Water Heating Systems Solar Hot Water Space-Heating Systems Conclusion Chapter 6: Wood Heat Retrofitting Fireplaces for Efficiency Fuel-Efficient Wood Burning Stoves Shopping for an Efficient, Clean-Burning Wood Stove Pros and Cons of Wood Stoves Wood Furnaces Pellet Stoves Masonry Heaters Chapter 7: Passive Cooling - Staying Cool Naturally What is Passive Cooling? Tools in the Passive Cooling Toolbox Reducing Internal Heat Gain Reducing External Heat Gain Building a Better Future Chapter 8: Solar Electricity - Powering Your Home with Solar Energy What is a Solar Electric System? Buying a Solar Electric System Locating a Reliable Contractor Why Install Solar Electricity? Chapter 9: Wind Power - Meeting Your Needs for Electricity Is Wind Power in Your Future? Wind Power: A Brief History Understanding Wind Generators Wind Systems: Three Basic Options Is Wind Energy Appropriate Where You Live? Selecting a Wind Generator and Tower Financial Matters Wind Power without Installing a Wind Generator Chapter 10: Microhydro - Generating Electricity from Running Water An Introduction to Hydroelectric Systems The Anatomy of a Microhydro System Assessing the Feasibility of Your Site Assessing the Potential of a Microhydro Site Buying and Installing a System Finding an Installer or Installing a System Yourself The Pros and Cons of Microhydro Systems A Brief Afterword Appendix Resource Guide Index About the Author

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