Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options

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Natural Home Heating is the first comprehensive guide to heating your home with renewable energy sources. Greg Pahl offers a well-organized, easy-to-understand tour of all available renewable home-heating options, including wood, pellet, corn and grain-fired stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and boilers as well as masonry heaters, active and passive solar systems, and heat pumps. Learn how to burn environmentally friendly biodiesel fuels, not just in your car, but in your furnace or boiler. Included is everything you ...

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Overview

Natural Home Heating is the first comprehensive guide to heating your home with renewable energy sources. Greg Pahl offers a well-organized, easy-to-understand tour of all available renewable home-heating options, including wood, pellet, corn and grain-fired stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and boilers as well as masonry heaters, active and passive solar systems, and heat pumps. Learn how to burn environmentally friendly biodiesel fuels, not just in your car, but in your furnace or boiler. Included is everything you need to know about the fuels, systems, technologies, costs, and advantages and disadvantages of each option. Pahl teaches homeowners how to retrofit existing heating systems and choose renewable replacements, or design an entirely new house that can be heated comfortably with minimal environmental and financial impact.

Consider:

  • 95% of American homes are heated with fossil fuels or electricity (which is generated mainly by fossil fuels).
  • Oil and gas prices will continue to rise as supplies dwindle and sources become less reliable.
  • Home heating costs could double or even triple in the event of a fuel crisis.
  • The use of fossil fuels is the primary contributor to global warming.
  • There are viable, clean, healthy, and affordable home heating alternatives!

Learn how to burn environmentally friendly bio-diesel fuels, not just in your car, but in your furnace. Find out how a ground-source heat pump works and why it can achieve 400% heating efficiency. Discover what it takes to make burning wood truly sustainable. Natural Home Heating explains all these details and more, making it unique in the marketplace.

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"Here is the comprehensive guide to heating your home without heating up the planet. For warm feet and a clear conscience, this is the book you need."--Bill McKibben, author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931498227
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Pahl is the author of numerous books on energy and also writes for Mother Earth News and various other publications on biodiesel, wind power, wood heat, solar energy, heat pumps, electric cars, and a wide range of other topics related to living in a post-carbon world.

His books include Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects (2012, Chelsea Green), Biodiesel: Growing a New Energy Economy (2005, Chelsea Green), Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options (2003, Chelsea Green), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Saving the Environment (2001, Macmillan/Alpha Books), and The Unofficial Guide to Beating Debt (2000, IDG Books).

Pahl has been involved in environmental issues for more than twenty-five years. In the 1970s he lived off the grid in a home in Vermont with a wind turbine atop an 80-foot tower that provided for his electrical needs. He is a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association as well as the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op. Pahl attended the University of Vermont and was a military intelligence officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Heating basics
Heating 101
Types of heating systems
Heat sources
Fuels
Part 2: Heating with the sun
Passive solar
Active solar
Active liquid solar heating systems
Part 3: Heating with wood
Working with firewood
Woodstoves
Woodstove installation
Woodstove operation
Wood furnaces and boilers
Wood fireplaces
Masonry heaters
Part 4: Heating with biomass
Biomass basics
Pellet stoves
Pellet furnaces and boilers
Corn- and grain-burning appliances
Part 5: Geothermal
Geothermal home heating and cooling
Air-source heat pumps
Ground-source heat pumps

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