New Green Home Solutions: Renewable Household Energy and Sustainable Living

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"What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
- Henry David Thoreau

Today's sophisticated and technologically savvy generation faces even greater challenges with rescuing the environment and leaving a better world - and a better life - for those to follow. Green living begins at home. Most of the energy-derived pollution we produce comes as a direct result of our homes - how we heat them, how we cool them, how we keep them well lit and full of things that make our lives so ...

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Overview

"What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
- Henry David Thoreau

Today's sophisticated and technologically savvy generation faces even greater challenges with rescuing the environment and leaving a better world - and a better life - for those to follow. Green living begins at home. Most of the energy-derived pollution we produce comes as a direct result of our homes - how we heat them, how we cool them, how we keep them well lit and full of things that make our lives so comfortable. The good news is that we have tremendous power right in our own hands to create change. Renewable energy design, better insulation, and more efficient appliances could reduce energy demands by 60 to 80 percent. By embracing conservation and renewable energy, we can win our energy independence and help save the planet. If everyone began conserving today, we would see immediate results. Be a part of the green-living movement and discover the possibilities for home energy as part of a new whole-home strategy for living green.

"The days of building cookie-cutter McMansions are over, and the era of thinking about the real cost of a house has begun. And this is the guide to doing it with enormous elegance, real frugality, and a commitment to the health of the world beyond your walls."
-Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

DAVE BONTA, president and founder of USA Solar Stores, the largest renewable energy retailer in the Northeast, has written about renewable energy and sustainable living for Green Living, Back Home Magazine, Alternative Energy Retailer, and the Vermont Guardian. Bonta has studied renewable energy and energy efficiency for more than twenty years, is a frequent speaker at major green energy conferences across America, and is a tireless advocate for green living. He lives in Perkinsville, Vermont.

STEPHEN SNYDER, communications director for USA Solar Stores, left New York City in 1995 to start an organic herb farm in Vermont with his wife, Melissa. He also works as a freelance writer and has published The Brewmaster's Bible, The Beer Companion, and The Brewmaster's Recipe Manual. He lives in Perkinsville, Vermont.

Front cover photo © 2008 Jack Bingham, Jack Bingham Studios

Back cover photo © 2008 Emily Hagopian, www.emilyhagopian.com

Jacket design by Black Eye Design

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603894
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/10/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Bonta, President and Founder of USA Solar Stores, the largest alternative energy retailer in the Northeast, has written about alternative energy and sustainable living for Green Living, Back Home Magazine, Alternative Energy Retailer and The Vermont Guardian. Bonta has studied renewable energy and energy efficiency for more than twenty years, is a frequent speaker at major green energy conferences across America and is a tireless advocate for green living. Also president of BioQuantum, Inc., a bio-fuels company, Bonta is the creator of BackHome chapters in America and is president of a renewable energy community organization, The Sustainable Valley Group.

Stephen Snyder, communications director for USA Solar Stores, left New York City in 1995 to start an organic herb farm in Vermont with his wife, Melissa. He holds a degree in Radio, Television and Motion Picture communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has broad experience in communications, public affairs, and media relations. He also works as a freelance writer and has published The Brewmaster's Bible (HarperCollins), The Beer Companion (Simon & Schuster) and The Brewmaster's Recipe Manual.

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Simply stated, renewable energy design, better insulation, and more efficient appliances could reduce our household energy demand by 60 to 80 percent. By embracing conservation and renewable energy, mainstream Americans not only win their own energy independence but also make their nation more secure and help save the planet.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction: A Better Life 9

Energy Conservation and Efficiency 13

Passive Heating and Cooling 29

Solar Electricity 51

Solar Hot Water Heating 73

Solar Space Heating 83

Wind Power for the Home 97

Micro-Hydro Power 109

Financing, Incentives, Rebates, and Tax Credits 119

System Design and Installation 125

Resources 134

Bibliography 141

Photo Credits 144

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