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The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America now in an updated editionWant 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, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you!This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power and helping the planet at the same time. Plus, you'll get all the latest information on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-power adoption more feasible. Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scale solar-power systems for the home New small- and mid-sized solar products, projects, and applications Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energy consulting firmFeaturing ten of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!
Rik DeGunther is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy auditing and consulting firm. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics and dual Masters degrees in Applied Physics and Engineering Economic Systems. Rik is also the author of Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies and Alternative Energy For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Playing the Energy Game
Helping the World through Solar Power
Surveying Your Household Energy Efficiency and Use
Making Your Home Energy Efficient
Understanding Solar - Just the Facts, Ma'am
Working with Solar Basics
Evaluating Your Solar Potential
Calculating Payback on Your Solar Investment
Installing Your Solar System
Applications Aplenty: Projects from Small to Large
Digging In to Landscape Projects
Jumping In to Small Projects with Big Results
Heating and Purifying Water
Diving In to Swimming Pool Projects
Supplementing Your Domestic Water Heater
Breezeway: Directing Wind within Your House
Solar Pumps, Wind Power, Hydro Power, and Batteries in Applications
Exploring Full-Scale Photovoltaic Systems
Taking a Close Look at Photovoltaic Systems
Is a Full-Scale PV System Worth the Investment?
Divorcing the Grid: Going Solo with Solar Power Systems
Do It Yourself or Contract Out?
Finding the Cash to Get the Job Done
Buying, Selling, and Building a Solar Home
Building a Solar Home from the Ground Up
Buying and Selling a Solar Home
The Part of Tens
Ten Best Solar Investments
Ten or So Best Do-It-Yourself Projects
Ten Cheap Solar Projects and Devices
Ten or So Worst Solar Mistakes
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