Renewable Energies for Your Home: Real-World Solutions for Green Conversions / Edition 1

Renewable Energies for Your Home: Real-World Solutions for Green Conversions / Edition 1

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by Russel Gehrke, Dale Wiley
     
 

Simple and Inexpensive Renewable Energy Solutions for Your Home

It's not always easy being green, and sometimes it costs more than you'd expect to get an eco-friendly home improvement project up and running. Renewable Energies for Your Home gives you sustainable home energy solutions that won't drain your wallet or the power grid.

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Simple and Inexpensive Renewable Energy Solutions for Your Home

It's not always easy being green, and sometimes it costs more than you'd expect to get an eco-friendly home improvement project up and running. Renewable Energies for Your Home gives you sustainable home energy solutions that won't drain your wallet or the power grid.

Get details on generating heat with biomass fuels and other ways to use biodiesel and ethanol in your home. You'll discover how to harness affordable wind power and soak up free solar energy. Filled with step-by-step instructions and helpful photos and illustrations, this hands-on guide will help you reduce your carbon footprint and increase your cash flow at the same time!

Renewable Energies for Your Home covers:

  • Energy savings and environmental benefits
  • Biomass fuels, including biodiesel, ethanol, used fryer oil, and wood
  • Producing your own biodiesel without titration
  • Assembling a biolight grill and fire starter
  • Making bioburn-a firewood substitute
  • Wind turbines
  • Solar lighting, heating, water heating, and electric generation
  • Building a solar heat collector
  • Creating a wind/solar hybrid electric system

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071622851
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Russel Gehrke is an engineer, inventor, and consultant well known in alternative energy circles. He is a professional consultant and chief technical officer for Agrifuels, LLC and has been featured on the Discovery Channel and in several episodes of the syndicated television show Cool Fuel Road-Trips, his own pilot TV show, Eco-Outlaws, as well as the History Channel’s Modern Marvels. Russel has built hot rods for Willie Nelson and custom motorcycles for John Paul DeJoria, Meryl Haggard, and others. He is the inventor of “The Ethanol Reformer,” a patent-pending technology that processes ethanol in stationary engines in a much more efficient way.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Why do we need solutions? Problems with current fuels; How current fuels can be put to better use

2. Biodiesel

How it works; Carbon footprint; Efficiency;
Strengths; Drawbacks; Where to get it;
Applications; A Dabbler’s Guide; Tips

3. Ethanol

How it works; Carbon footprint; Efficiency;
Strengths; Drawbacks; Where to get it;
Applications; A Dabbler’s Guide; Tips

4. Carbon Natural Gas

How it works; Carbon footprint; Efficiency;
Strengths; Drawbacks; Where to get it;
Applications; A Dabbler’s Guide; Tips

5. Hydrogen

How it works; Carbon footprint; Efficiency;
Strengths; Drawbacks; Where to get it;
Applications; A Dabbler’s Guide; Tips

6. Electric/hybrid

How it works; Carbon footprint; Efficiency;
Strengths; Drawbacks; Where to get it;
Applications; A Dabbler’s Guide; Tips

7. Waste Vegetable Oil

How it works; Carbon footprint; Efficiency;
Strengths; Drawbacks; Where to get it;
Applications; A Dabbler’s Guide; Tips

8. BioMass

How it works; Carbon footprint; Efficiency;
Strengths; Drawbacks; Where to get it;
Applications; A Dabbler’s Guide; Tips

9. Conclusion

We dug ourselves into a hole by choosing one solution for all our problems: fossil fuels. All of these fuels add to a solution. Biodiesel has the most potential short-term effect, but cellulosic ethanol and electric are excellent components. But we want to avoid choosing one solution and winding up back in the same place.

10. Sources

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