The Homeowner's Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid
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The Homeowner's Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid

by Paul Scheckel
     
 

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Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Explaining the fundamentals of solar, wind, water, and biofuel energy production, Scheckel shows you how to build and maintain a wide variety of energy-saving

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Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Explaining the fundamentals of solar, wind, water, and biofuel energy production, Scheckel shows you how to build and maintain a wide variety of energy-saving and energy-producing equipment, ranging from thermosiphon solar hot water collectors to bicycle-powered generators. Use less energy, save money, and help preserve the environment. 

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
We all want to lower our energy bills, but alternative energy can be a bit daunting. This great manual is a fantastic introduction to what's possible and practical. Energy auditor Scheckel (The Home Energy Diet) makes the topic approachable. The first third of this intelligently organized book covers techniques for making existing homes more energy efficient before moving on to address solar, wind, and hydro energies as well as biofuels. All chapters feature how-tos, and the text is complemented by simple illustrations. Included are case studies exemplifying both good and bad experiences with alternative energy use. VERDICT Chock-full of practical advice and realistic assessments of alternative energy, this book is superior to others on the topic due to its accessibility, organization, and balance. Homeowners can easily pick and choose from projects without fear of becoming overwhelmed. Highly recommended.
Mapawatt.com
“A must for those who want to live off grid or simply want to use less energy or live more sustainably."

From the Publisher

“Provides readers with cost-effective, self-empowered, and energy-efficient home-energy solutions … a one-of-a-kind resource.”

“We all want to lower our energy bills, but alternative energy can be a bit daunting. This great manual is a fantastic introduction to what’s possible and practical. … Chock-full of practical advice and realistic assessments of alternative energy, this book is superior to others on the topic due to its accessibility, organization, and balance. Home¬owners can easily pick and choose from projects without fear of becoming overwhelmed. Highly recommended.”

“A must for those who want to live off grid or simply want to use less energy or live more sustainably."

Foreword Reviews

“A masterfully clear and accessible guide to incorporating power-saving strategies in the home … With plenty of lucidly written instructions, well-drawn illustrations, and user-friendly sidebars, Scheckel’s manual is an indispensable reference for library how-to sections and homeowners hoping to cut the cord from their corporate power suppliers.”

Booklist
“A masterfully clear and accessible guide to incorporating power-saving strategies in the home … With plenty of lucidly written instructions, well-drawn illustrations, and user-friendly sidebars, Scheckel’s manual is an indispensable reference for library how-to sections and homeowners hoping to cut the cord from their corporate power suppliers.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603428477
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
04/29/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
18 MB
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What People are saying about this

Laurie Guevara-Stone
"An incredible resource for anyone who wants to take responsibility for their energy use and production. Whether you are interested in saving money, creating a more comfortable home, becoming energy independent, or living lighter on the planet, this book has vital information for you.
Founder and Director of Appropriate Development So Laurie Guevara-Stone
"An incredible resource for anyone who wants to take responsibility for their energy use and production. Whether you are interested in saving money, creating a more comfortable home, becoming energy independent, or living lighter on the planet, this book has vital information for you."

Meet the Author

PaulScheckel is an energy auditor and consultant who has visited more than 3,000 homes, educating people about energy efficiency, cost-effective improvements, and indoor air quality. His articles have appeared in such publications as Mother Earth News, Home Power, and Vermont Life, and he contributes a monthly energy and environment column to two state-wide newspapers. A frequent radio guest, Scheckel has also appeared as a guest expert on the acclaimed television show “Ask this Old House”. He lives off-grid in northern Vermont with his family in a solar- and wind-powered house.

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