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

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

by Paul Scheckel
     
 

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Make and Conserve Your Own Energy

With practice advice and a working plan, you can reduce or eliminate your dependence on fossil fuels. Energy-efficiency expert Paul Scheckel shows you the value of producing your own renewable energy — from sun, wind, wood, water, or biogas — and then points the way to personal action. Reduce your use, then

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Make and Conserve Your Own Energy

With practice advice and a working plan, you can reduce or eliminate your dependence on fossil fuels. Energy-efficiency expert Paul Scheckel shows you the value of producing your own renewable energy — from sun, wind, wood, water, or biogas — and then points the way to personal action. Reduce your use, then produce!

Begin by doing an energy audit to boost your home's efficiency, and then explore the opportunities. From investing in basic retrofits to going completely off the grid, your energy future is up to you. Scheckel includes step-by-step plans for building a biogas generator and four other energy-producing projects.

Editorial Reviews

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.”

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.”

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."

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612120164
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
709,793
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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."

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