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Paperback – 352 pages
7.5 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 705 Grams
BISAC: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865716865
Pub. Date: 2011-07-01

About the Author

Dan Chiras

Dan Chiras, Ph.D.is the author of numerous books on renewable energy, including The Solar House and The Homeowners Guide to Renewable Energy. He has taught workshops on solar electricity through various organizations including the Evergreen Institute, the American Solar Energy Society, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association, and the University of Colorado. Over the past 40 years Chiras has published articles on natural building, green building, solar electricity, passive solar design, self-sufficiency, and sustainability in publications such as Solar Today, Home Power, and Mother Earth News. He has installed solar electric and wind systems in Missouri, and has lived on solar electricity since 1996. He lives in Gerald, MO.

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The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy - Revised & Updated Edition

Achieving Energy Independence through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower

by Dan Chiras



Energy bills have skyrocketed in North America, 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 availableincluding:

  • Solar hot water and solar hot air systems
  • Space heat: passive and active solar retrofits and heat pumps
  • Wood heat
  • Passive cooling
  • Electricity from solar, wind and microhydro
  • Hydrogen, 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 tipsand 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.

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