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by Dan Chiras

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  • ISBN 0865716862
  • ISBN13 978-0865716865
  • Language English
  • Author Dan Chiras
  • Publisher New Society Publishers; Second edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Pages 352
  • Formats rtf mobi lrf docx
  • Category Engineering
  • Subcategory Engineering
  • Size ePub 1157 kb
  • Size Fb2 1264 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 921

Energy bills have skyrocketed in the United States, and traditional energy sources can be as damaging to the environment as they are to your pocketbook. The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy will show you how to slash your home energy costs while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint.

Completely revised and updated, this new edition describes the most practical and affordable methods for making significant improvements in home energy efficiency and tapping into clean, affordable, renewable energy resources. If implemented, these measures will save the average homeowner tens of thousands of dollars over the coming decades.

Focusing on the latest technological advances in residential renewable energy, this guide examines each alternative energy option available including:

Solar hot water and solar hot air systemsPassive and active solar retrofits for heating and coolingElectricity from solar, wind, and microhydroHydrogen, fuel cells, methane digesters, and biodiesel

This well-illustrated and accessible guide is an essential resource for those wanting to enter the renewable energy field. Packed with practical tips and guidelines, it gives readers sufficient knowledge to hire and communicate effectively with contractors and is a must-read for anyone interested in saving money and achieving energy independence.

Dan Chiras is the author of twenty-nine books on residential renewable energy and green building and the director of The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building.


Energy bills have skyrocketed in the United States, and traditional energy sources can be as damaging to the environment as they are to your pocketbook

Energy bills have skyrocketed in the United States, and traditional energy sources can be as damaging to the environment as they are to your pocketbook. The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy will show you how to slash your home energy costs while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint. Completely revised and updated.

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The complete guide to clean, affordable, renewable energy resources

The complete guide to clean, affordable, renewable energy resources. Energy bills have skyrocketed in the United States, and traditional energy sources can be as damaging to the environment as they are to your pocketbook. Dan Chiras is the author of twenty-nine books on residential renewable energy and green building and the director of The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building.

He lives in a self-designed passive solar/solar electric home.

Dan Chiras is a respected educator and the author of 29 books on residential renewable energy and green building including Power from the Sun and Power from the Wind. He has studied and worked with renewable energy and energy efficiency for over 30 years

Dan Chiras is a respected educator and the author of 29 books on residential renewable energy and green building including Power from the Sun and Power from the Wind. He has studied and worked with renewable energy and energy efficiency for over 30 years. Dan is the director of and lead instructor at The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building (ww. vergreeninstitute. org), where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind energy, green building, natural plasters, and natural building. Dan Chiras is a respected educator and the author of 29 books on residential renewable energy and green building including Power from the Sun and Power from the Wind.

Guide to Renewable Energy : Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass, and Hydropower.

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy : Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass, and Hydropower. Dan Chiras is the author of 29 books on residential renewable energy and green building, and the director of the Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building (ww. org), where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind energy, and green building. Acknowledgments Introduction Renewable Energy and Me Organization of the Book.

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Fog
I found this book to be more satisfying that the author's more popular book, "The Solar House". Of course, they aren't functional substitutes for each other. This book goes deeper into renewable energy systems available to address the energy needs of residential buildings and related topics. I appreciate his discussion on conservation, the breakdown of the energy consumption of a 'typical' residence, etc. This book goes deeper into energy than "The Solar House" goes into passive design, providing almost enough information to evaluate and size some systems. The amount of information presented varies by system, as solar photovoltaic and wind power get a more detailed treatment than biomass. For someone wanting enough information to select, size and/or design systems -- or more realistically to evaluate the proposals generated by a systems provider -- supplemental information will probably be required.
VariesWent
The book is well thought out and the author makes the explanations easy to understand. Although not the most exciting subject matter I've ever read, I am learning a lot and becoming more excited about using these energies! I love the book!
Kefrannan
This book isn't going to be your bible to getting 'off-grid', but it is a fantastic introduction to anyone who isn't already very well-read on the subject.
I'm a civil engineer with a quite a lot of experience in housebuilding/renovation and a healthy interest in renewables, but this book was still well worth reading for me.
You don't need to buy this book, but I'd be surprised if anyone who bought it found it to be a waste of money.
Vuzahn
This is a good book for people who want a better understanding of what can be achieved using renewable energy in a residential application. It only gets 4 stars from me because the author gets a bit preachy at times about his opinions on fossil fuels and future scarcity, high price, etc. He does practice what he preaches and uses personal examples in much of the book.
Dishadel
For the local prison library.
Winotterin
Great book was what I hoped for
Saberblade
This is very good review of renewable options. You don't have to be an engineer yet it is more than you've read in the newspapers and such. I saw some things I hadn't heard of. It is realistic, not everything works everywhere. It takes into account cost and return. It is not a tech manual, you won't know how to install the whole system (whichever it would be) but you'll likely know which way to go if need more. If I have a beef it is that the photos could be more and better.
Not only did I find this book useful, I enjoyed reading this book. I am not a techy science person, nor do I usually seek out nonfiction, but I found that this book was written for people like me - people who are interested in making some changes in our homes to help our planet and lower our bills. The book was set up with clear chapters outlining the pros and cons of various types of renewable energy sources (wind, water, solar, and more) and how we can retrofit our homes to use them. It contained several comparison charts for the different options described, including cost comparisons, and the author provided detailed information about the information in those charts. The book also explored small changes we could easily make, and there was a section about the future of renewable energy. Written to be thoroughly understandable and readable, this book helped me become much more aware of things I could do to make some "green" changes, which was exactly the information I was seeking. All in all I recommend this book highly!