The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy|
by Dan Chiras (Author)
The coming energy crisis caused by a peak in global oil and natural gas
production will profoundly affect the lives of all North Americans. As the price
of these vital fuels rises, homeowners will scramble to cut their fuel bills.
Two options for meeting the upcoming challenge are dramatic improvements in home
energy efficiency and efforts to tap into clean, affordable, renewable energy
resources to heat and cool homes, to provide hot water and electricity, and even
to cook. These measures can result in huge savings and a level of energy
The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy tells you how. It starts by outlining
the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy.
It then discusses energy conservation to slash energy bills and prepare for
renewable energy options. Focusing carefully on specific strategies needed to
replace specific fuels, the book then examines each practical energy option
available to homeowners:
Solar hot water, cooking, and water purification
Space heat: passive and active solar retrofits
Electricity from microhydropower sources
Emerging technologies-hydrogen, fuel cells, methane digesters, and biodiesel
The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy gives readers sufficient knowledge to
hire and communicate effectively with contractors and, for those wanting do
installations themselves, it recommends more detailed manuals. With a complete
resource listing, this well-illustrated and accessible guide is a perfect
companion for illuminating the coming dark age.
Dan Chiras has studied renewable energy and energy efficiency for three decades
and has installed several renewable energy systems. He lives in a self-designed
passive solar/solar electric home. An award-winning author of over 20 books, he
is a sustainability design consultant who teaches courses on renewable energy,
green building, and sustainability at Colorado College.
About the Author
Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over 24
books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. He is a certified
wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. Dan lives
in a passive solar home in Evergreen, Colorado.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: New Society Publishers (February 1, 2006)