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Solar power your home for dummies / by Rik DeGunther.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2008.
Physical Description:
xviii, 366 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.


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690.8370472 DEG Book Adult General Collection

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Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you're looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you!

This friendly, hands-on guide is packed with tips for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power-and helping the planet at the same time. You'll see how to survey your home to determine your current household energy efficiency and use, and evaluate where solar power would best benefit you. You'll also calculate what the return on your investment will be before you make any decisions. Once you've decided on a project, you'll see whether it's best to hire a contractor or do it yourself. We leave no stone unturned-you'll also discover how to:

Choose and install your best solar system Handle small to large solar projects Heat and cool your house with solar energy Install exterior solar lighting Handle swimming pool, water heater, or ventilation solar projects Create greenhouses or solar rooms Build, buy, or sell a solar home Finance your solar investments Take advantage of tax rebates and incentives associated with solar power Avoid the worst solar mistakes

Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest do-it-yourself solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!

Author Notes

Rik DeGunther is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy consultant firm that focuses on home energy audits and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems.

Table of Contents

Part I Playing the Energy Game
Chapter 1 Helping the World through Solar Power
Chapter 2 Surveying Your Household Energy Efficiency and Use
Chapter 3 Making Your Home Energy Efficient
Part II Understanding Solar - Just the Facts, Ma'am
Chapter 4 Working with Solar Basics
Chapter 5 Evaluating Your Solar Potential
Chapter 6 Calculating Payback on Your Solar Investment
Chapter 7 Installing Your Solar System
Part III Doing It Yourself: Smalland Medium-Sized Projects
Chapter 8 Digging In to Landscape Projects
Chapter 9 Jumping In to Small Projects with Big Results
Chapter 10 Heating and Purifying Water
Chapter 11 Diving In to Swimming Pool Projects
Chapter 12 Supplementing Your Domestic Water Heater
Chapter 13 Breezeway : Directing Wind within Your House
Chapter 14 Solar Pumps, Wind Power, Hydro Power, and Batteries in Applications
Part IV Home Solar Projects: Getting a Little Help from Your Friends
Chapter 15 Deciding between Doing It Yourself and Contracting
Chapter 16 Glass Houses (and Plastic, Too): Greenhouses and Sunrooms
Chapter 17 Plugging In to the Grid with a Full-Scale PV System
Chapter 18 Divorcing the Grid: Going Solo with Solar Power Systems
Part V Buying, Selling, and Building a Solar Home
Chapter 19 Building a Solar Home from the Ground Up
Chapter 20 Buying and Selling a Solar Home
Part VI Finding the Moolah to Do the Job
Chapter 21 Subsidizing Your Solar Projects with Other People's Money
Chapter 22 Financing Your Solar Investments
Part VII The Part of Tens
Chapter 23 Ten Best Solar Investments
Chapter 24 Ten or So Best Do-It-Yourself Projects
Chapter 25 Ten Cheap Solar Projects and Devices
Chapter 26 Ten or So Worst Solar Mistakes