Energy Independence: Your Everyday Guide to Reducing Fuel Consumption

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Fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas—make up 90 percent of the world’s energy sources. They provoke wars, make us ill, and endanger the planet. They’re running out—and, in case you haven’t noticed, they cost a lot these days. Have you ever felt like declaring your independence? Can the average homeowner begin to move away from traditional energy sources without pulling out of society? The answer is Yes! A revolution is afoot and it’s ...

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Overview

Fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas—make up 90 percent of the world’s energy sources. They provoke wars, make us ill, and endanger the planet. They’re running out—and, in case you haven’t noticed, they cost a lot these days. Have you ever felt like declaring your independence? Can the average homeowner begin to move away from traditional energy sources without pulling out of society? The answer is Yes! A revolution is afoot and it’s happening quietly in homes across America and beyond.
 
Energy Independence is the essential guide to the most viable and affordable alternative energy solutions—solar panels, wind generators, hydrogen fuel cells, wood, hydroelectric, geothermal heat pumps, and more. Whether you want to supplement your traditional fuel-burning furnace or revamp your home, this book has what you need to get started. You’ll learn about the most advanced options that have become available to the consumer as well as tried-and-true energy conservation techniques. You’ll learn how much each method costs, and how quickly you will recoup any investment. Also including a chapter on alternative-fuel cars, this handy book includes the most recent statistics, the latest technological advancements, and an up-to-date assessment of the costs that impact you the most on a day-to-day basis.
 
Energy Independence is for anyone—urbanite, suburbanite, or rural dweller—who relies on traditional oil-burning sources but has decided that it’s high time to be proactive about cutting fuel costs and achieving freedom from fossil fuel dependence.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Those concerned or curious about energy conservation or looking to save a buck or two by changing wasteful habits should pick up this book.”-- Newsday
 

“Here’s a suggestion: spend the equivalent of about five gallons and educate yourself about alternative power sources and doable ways to save energy. …Woodside’s book is one investment that should pay off quickly.”-- Columbia Daily Tribune


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599215280
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,321,762
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Woodside is an environmental reporter and award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Woman’s Day, Christian Science Monitor, and Hartford Courant.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why You Need This Book ix

1 The Situation Today: Oil Still Rules 1

2 Demystifying Solar Energy 21

3 Wind Generators at Home 44

4 Other Technologies: Fuel Cells, Biodiesel Fuel, and Geothermal Heat Pumps 55

5 Heating with Wood 70

6 Harnessing a Backyard Stream: Micro-Hydroelectric Systems 83

7 Alternative Cars 92

8 Conservation: Not a New Idea 104

9 Conservation Tips 118

10 An Appliance Manifesto 141

Appendix Where to Learn More 151

Notes 166

Index 180

About the Author 190

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