Got Sun? Go Solar, Expanded 2nd Edition: Harness Nature's Free Energy to Heat and Power Your Grid-Tied Home / Edition 2

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This straight-talking book cuts through the green energy hype and explains how grid-connected homeowners can be smart about their energy future. Solar and wind-generated electricity, solar water heating, passive solar techniques and geothermal heating/cooling will enable homeowners to become self-sufficient while protecting themselves from rising utility rates and grid blackouts. With financial incentives now available, the time is perfect to utilize nature's free energy.
• Why invest in renewable energy for your home?
• Is it legal and safe?
• How solar electricity works
• Grid-tied solar and wind systems, with and without batteries
• Sizing your solar/wind system
• What does it cost?
• Any financial help out there?
• Permits & Paperwork
• The Nuts & Bolts: what to look for, what to avoid
• Who does the solar/wind installation?
• Using the sun's warmth to heat your home NEW
• Solar hot water (thermal) systems NEW
• Geothermal heating and cooling NEW
• Appendix: manufacturers, web resources, state energy offices, sizing worksheets, glossary, and more
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Editorial Reviews

SciTech Book News
"Ewing and Pratt both have long standing experience building and living with solar power systems, on and off the grid, with or without wind power. Here they augment their 2005 guide to designing and maybe installing a home system by adding chapters on using sunlight to heat the house and heat water, and on geothermal heating and cooling. The information they provide is available in many books now, but they present it with an informal and entertaining style that might appeal to many readers."
California Bookwatch
“Any library appealing to homeowners interested in alternative residential solar energy will find this a fine pick; easy to read, packed with information related in a non-technical manner, and offering tips on how grid-connected homeowners can make good future energy decisions.”
Library Journal
This is an excellent primer on home application of solar energy. Written in a chatty and amusing style, the book is more informational than mechanical. Because of the technological advances in the field, books covering the subject need to be updated frequently to remain useful. This update of the 2005 edition delivers fresh new information on energy regulations as well as a new section on solar and geo-thermal heating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977372461
  • Publisher: PixyJack Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,463,919
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Great overview and more

    Good information for those just stepping into the home energy search and a wide view of what's out there to know. Well written and understandable for those versed in solar and those just starting.

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