How to Solar Power Your Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simplyby Atlantic Publishing Company
Now more than ever, the question of economic and environmentally friendly energy sources has become a hot topic in almost every American home. With that in mind, more and more people are turning to alternatives such as solar power as a means of saving money and reducing their imprint on the environment. This nearly carbon neutral method comes with hefty tax rebates… See more details below
Now more than ever, the question of economic and environmentally friendly energy sources has become a hot topic in almost every American home. With that in mind, more and more people are turning to alternatives such as solar power as a means of saving money and reducing their imprint on the environment. This nearly carbon neutral method comes with hefty tax rebates from the federal government and in states like California and New Jersey massive rebates from the state. More states are considering similar rebates and with a 3 to 8 year energy savings possible according to a recent report by the New York Times, it is an ideal solution for anyone looking to save money in the long term and help the planet immediately.
This book will guide anyone interested in the process of installing and utilizing solar power for their home in the process of searching for, buying, or building their own solar power system. Learn how solar power and other alternative energy sources can help to save the world regardless of the cost and how you can start surveying your own energy use and efficiency. Learn how you can start making basic adjustments to become more efficient and how solar power can help you before you start any major projects. Learn what solar power requires, from cost and equipment to maintenance and preparation in certain times of the year. Learn how solar power works and how to start evaluating the potential of it for your building needs. Take the cost of installing solar power and learn how long it will take to make money back on your investment, including information on federal and state rebates that might affect you.
Multiple individuals who have successfully installed solar power in their homes have been interviewed and their experiences included in this guide to help you learn what others go through and how they came out. Learn how the installation process works and how it can be done in your landscape, in small projects, for heating and purifying water, swimming pool heating, and other smaller projects. Learn about how individuals construct solar power systems on their own to save money and what is involved in a full PV system. Finally, learn how the market for green homes has made it possible to extract a huge return on investment from building or remodeling a home with solar power. For anyone who has ever considered solar power as a viable means to save money and the environment, this guide will help you get started right away.
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How to Solar Power Your Home is a great book for anyone who is even slightly interested in domestic solar power. The book answers and explores the question: “why use solar energy?” It describes the different uses for solar energy and chronicles all the particulars involved in making the switch from traditional electricity to solar power, such as cost estimations, load analyses, and effective equipment for different climates. The book describes the various components for a solar electricity system, such as solar panels, batteries, and the optimum voltage for one’s grid system. Rebates, subsidies, tax credits, and loans are also thoroughly discussed, giving the reader beneficial information on how to save the maximum amount of money during the solar powering process and subsequent maintenance of the system. This book, by Martha Maeda, would be great for any beginner looking for a more information on solar power.
Whether you're a 'green' supporter or concerned about the rising costs of energy, solar power has a certain allure. More and more families are turning to alternative power sources as a means of reducing their carbon footprint and saving money. However, if you think that it's as easy as sticking a couple solar panels on your roof (like I did!), you're in for a startling reality check. Author Martha Maeda takes the mystery - and myths - out of adapting a house to accommodate solar energy in her book, "How to Solar Power Your Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply". "How to Solar Power Your Home" is an exceptionally well put together and eye-opening read into the pros, cons, and overall how-to's of capturing the sun's rays and converting them into a usable energy source. Once far too expensive for the typical homeowner, the necessary equipment has developed in strides and with various governmental rebates and tax incentives can soon provide a household with the same amount of power it previously expected from the local utility company. It's not a transition to take lightly and Maeda explains a myriad of considerations to take into account before making the plunge. She teaches not only the fundamentals of electricity so the reader can assess their own situation and needs, but gives many options on everything from different types of equipment to whether to hire a contractor or going the DIY route. I especially liked the chapter, 'Making Your Home Energy Efficient' because it gives the reader some real-world actions to take even if they can't afford to solar power a home right away. So many of the recommendations in this section are easy, inexpensive, and can make a big difference in their energy consumption immediately. I love a book that can keep me thinking long after the last page is finished and "How to Solar Power Your Home" does just that. While it has really given me a more realistic look into the subject of solar power, it also educates on the energy crisis in general. I was a little daunted by the sheer amount of required factors that go into equipping a home but at the same time, motivated to take the small steps towards a more efficient lifestyle. Further, Maeda's organized approach gives the book a polished, professional feel so I felt confident that the information I was reading had been carefully put together. Whether you are ready to go solar now or perhaps down the road, "How to Solar Power Your Home" is a must read! Reviewed by Vicki Landes, author of "Europe for the Senses - A Photographic Journal"