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The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America?now in an updated edition

Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you?re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you!

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Overview

The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America—now in an updated edition

Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you!

This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. Plus, you’ll get all the latest information on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-power adoption more feasible.

  • Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full-scale solar-power systems for the home
  • New small- and mid-sized solar products, projects, and applications
  • Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energy consulting firm

Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470596784
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 150,364
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rik DeGunther is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy auditing and consulting firm. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics and dual Masters degrees in Applied Physics and Engineering Economic Systems. Rik is also the author of Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies and Alternative Energy For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Playing the Energy Game.

Chapter 1: Helping the World through Solar Power.

Chapter 2: Surveying Your Household Energy Efficiency and Use.

Chapter 3: Making Your Home Energy Efficient.

Part II: Understanding Solar — Just the Facts, Ma'am.

Chapter 4: Working with Solar Basics.

Chapter 5: Evaluating Your Solar Potential.

Chapter 6: Calculating Payback on Your Solar Investment.

Chapter 7: Installing Your Solar System.

Part III: Applications Aplenty: Projects from Small to Large.

Chapter 8: Digging In to Landscape Projects.

Chapter 9: Jumping In to Small Projects with Big Results.

Chapter 10: Heating and Purifying Water.

Chapter 11: Diving In to Swimming Pool Projects.

Chapter 12: Supplementing Your Domestic Water Heater.

Chapter 13: Breezeway: Directing Wind within Your House.

Chapter 14: Solar Pumps, Wind Power, Hydro Power, and Batteries in Applications.

Chapter 15: Glass Houses (and Plastic, Too): Greenhouses and Sunrooms.

Part IV: Exploring Full-Scale Photovoltaic Systems.

Chapter 16: Taking a Close Look at Photovoltaic Systems.

Chapter 17: Is a Full-Scale PV System Worth the Investment?

Chapter 18: Divorcing the Grid: Going Solo with Solar Power Systems.

Chapter 19: Do It Yourself or Contract Out?

Chapter 20: Finding the Cash to Get the Job Done.

Part V: Buying, Selling, and Building a Solar Home.

Chapter 21: Building a Solar Home from the Ground Up.

Chapter 22: Buying and Selling a Solar Home.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 23: Ten Best Solar Investments.

Chapter 24: Ten or So Best Do-It-Yourself Projects.

Chapter 25: Ten Cheap Solar Projects and Devices.

Chapter 26: Ten or So Worst Solar Mistakes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Sorrelpaw

    Name: Sorrelaw <p> Age: 7 moons <p> Looks: lithe ginger shecat with one blue eye and one green eye <p> Personality: friendly sometimes fiesty loves kits fierce in battle <p> Other: would like her warrior name to be Sorrelwing great hunter and fighter ask for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Darksparkle

    Name /\ Looks a small black cat . Gender &female . Mate nope i want one tho . Kits no want some tho .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Redfang to silent

    I FRICJIN LOVE SKILLET UR THEME SONG SHOULD BE MONSTER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Nighteagle bio 2.0

    A strong built tom-cat pads up to you. "Hello I am Nighteagle!" <p> Gender: &male <p> Rank: Warrior <p> Crush and Mate is Crystalmoon!!!! Duh &hearts @ Crystalmoon! <p> Looks: black with blue eyes <p> Fanfic name Darkness!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Silent

    Name- goes by silent......<p>
    Age-12 moons<p>
    Apperance- black pelt with small white flecks and a tabby striped face, one grey eye.<p>
    Personality- used to be eztied all the time but now shy and always semes sad. Will warm yo to ya though.<p>
    Family- Mother- Scream of a dying fox dead. Farther- Roar of the lion dead. Sister- Light that shines through darkest night, desended. Brothrr- raven that flies in storm, descended.<p>
    Mate- nope. Crush- nope. Kits- nope.<p>
    Gender- female.<p>
    Histpry- was part of a tribe and her tribe name was howl of a mourning wolf. a mountain lion attacked and she is the only survivor. She lost an eye though. Lived as a loner by silent. Has no clan name yet.<p>
    Theme song- many but awake and alive by skillet and riot by three days grace, holiday by green day, take me to church by ?, Rise by skillet are the most common:g with eye spy by mivhel paski.<p>
    How to tell her mood- watching- bored or hurt. Liying down with tail over nose- sleeping or remembering her past. Talk ative- feels comforitable. Ladhing out- upset.<p>
    Other- refuses to talk at times and may refuse to eat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2014

    Elements Bio (only adults!)

    Fire &Xi <br> Name-Firenose <br> Gender- &male <br> Age-18 moons <br> Appearance- Dark ginger with dark amber eyes and dark brown tabby stripes and around muzzle <p> Water &delta <br> Name~Rippleheart <br> Age~18 moons <br> Gender~ &female <br> Apperance~ Silvery gray with white tabby stripes and ucy blue eyes and a long furred pelt <p> Earth &#10003 <br> Name- Mudwing <br> Gender- &male <br> Age- 18 moons <br> Appearance- Dark brown tom with dark blue eyes <p> Air &#9834 <br> Name~ Wispsong <br> Age~ &female <br> Gender~ &female <br> Appearance~ Silvert blueish color with a white underbelly and ears and light green eyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    Smoky

    He is a smoky gray kittypet (vury fluffeh) with yellow-green eyes and a blue collar. He has not been fixed or declawed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2014

    Crystalmoon bio update

    Name- Crystalmoon<p>Gender- female<p>Age-15 moons<p>Rank- warrior/queen<p>Fur&Eyes- white fur with blue eyes<p>Crush-Nighteagle<p>Mate- Nighteagle<p>Kits- Icekit(white she-cat with a line of blac spots under each eye blue eyes)<br>Darkkit(black tom that looks just likw Nighteagle)<br>Snowkit(pure white she-cat with green eyes)<p>Parents- unknown/dead<p>Littermates- unknown/dead<p>History- Crystalmoon was found at the edge of Streamclan territory. Her parents arw unknown or dead. Littermates are unknown or dead. She met Nighteagle when he saved her feom a Bloodclan cat. They later became mates. She was Smokyfur's mentor.<p>Friends- Bluestar, Smokyfur, Whitepaw, Nighteagle, Waterwing, Poppyheart, ect.<p>Enemies- Bloodclan and Shredder<p>Siggy- &star CryStalmOOn &star<p>Other- ask if you dare<p> ~Crystalmoon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    Featherfur

    NAME***Look up. If u can't, it's Featherfur<p>AGE***who cares?<p>GENDER***female<p>FUR&EYES***silver fur with black smears. Bright green eyes<p>PERSONALITY***friendly, but lazy when she can be. She's a little if-ish with toms, but with the right words, she can love <p>HISTORY***not gonna happen<p>MATE/CRUSH***not yet<p>KITS***no<p> THEME SONG***it's gonna be me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    DarkSoul's Bio

    Name:DarkSoul<br>
    Age:27 moons<br>
    Gender: &male<br>
    Looks:A large but nimble dark brown cat with forest green eyes. His eyes have a certain dark pull to them that calm most cats.<br>
    Personality:He is kind and somewhat withdraw. But when someone attacks him or make him and enemy, his refuses to have a soul and stops at nothing. It has always been this way for him. Maybe someone special can help him.<br>
    Crush:If I knew i wouln't tell you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    StormFury's Bio

    Name: StormFury, you thick-headed numbskull.<p>Age: 20 moons, not that it is your buisness. Had she been wearing a sign 'round her neck, that would be different.<p>Gender: What are you, brainless? Notice 'she' above.<p>Looks: A large dark gray Maine Coon with deep blue and green eyes.<p>Personality: She carries herself in a way that makes her seem like a purebred warrior, and she has a sharp tongue when she gets in the wrong mood. She is very loyal, and at times, can act like a pi<_>ssed off child. She can also be sweet, but you never know which version will appear.<p>Past: She was born in a litter of three, and her father, CloudLight, abandoned his mate and kits when she was two moons old. She and her brother, Radioactive, grew up full of bitterness and a deep hatred for Bloodclan, who murdered their mother, Sunlight Shining Through The Ice. The third kit was named after their mother, and also killed by Bloodclan. Radioactive left to join Warclan, and StormFury lived as a loner until she discovered this clan.<p>Mate: She is wary of toms, mostly because of her father, so she has yet to find a tom she can trust.<p>Crush: See above.<p>Kits: Not yet.<p>Other: Ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    WOW

    The leader doesn't even read warriors! You are all noobs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Bluebird bio

    Name:its pancakes of course!! (Look up dumbo) nicky nameys: none so far looks: she has silverish gray fur with white paws and a black area over her eye that is shaped like a bird. Her eyes are blue. Gender:femme. Female. Watev. Personality: meh meet meh. XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Zixzan

    Name:Zixzan Kedashi Appearence:Golden fur with yingyang sign on th back. Left eye:Bright green right eye: blood red Skills:Theif assasain physical trainer. Negoiator. Mental trainer. Abstract artist Trickery personality:Eccentric kind polite distant history:find out crush:n/a

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2014

    Waterwing update

    Name: waterwing
    <p>
    Gender: male
    <p>
    Apearence: grey with blue eyes and red tip of tail
    <p>
    Mate: none
    <br>
    Kits: none
    <br>
    Crush: may or may not be wispsong
    <p>
    Anything else: ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2014

    Frostleaf's bio

    Name: Frostleaf <br> Age: 24 moons <br> Rank: Warrior <br> Apperance: A slim, light grey and white she cat with dark silver-grey tabby markings and pretty, spring green eyes. <br> Personality: Confident, calm, and smart, almost impossible to upset but she has an impressive temper if you manage to annoy her. Sometimes sarcastic, sometimes funny and cheerful, she has a soft spot for kits and loves hunting. <br> Crush/mate/kits: NA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2014

    Dewleaf

    Name look up. gender girl. looks light brown with silver dots on her pelt and green eyes. age 23 moons. personality friendly and can be short tempered. Past not telling. Mate/crush/kits no no no

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    WhitePaw

    Name: Really just really... Age: 10 Moons Description: a snow white she with ice blue eyes she has one silver paw and her tail is tipped silver. Personality: She can be shy but very crazy and out going. She loves to play but can be super serious. Crush: sadly she cant have one.... Mate: *tears up* STOP ASKING ME SO MUCH WEIRD QUESTIONS! NO OK NO! Kits: ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND. Other: Sometimes she wishes she wasnt the medicen cat apprentace.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2014

    Yggghgg

    Ggggg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2014

    Sagekit bio update

    Name: The Doctor <br> Age: 5.5 <br> Gender: Not a boy. <br> Looks: Black with a white tail tip, paws, and a white star on her forhead. <br> Mate: River Song (rly.) <br> Crush: Not you. <br> Family: Rainkit of SkyClan. <br> Theme: I am the Doctor. <br> Likes: Doctor Who, Ledgends of Zelda, Game Theory, Everyone but you, Quantem Phisics. <br> Dislikes: The Trumpet, Prinsess Peach, fnaf. <br> Fun facts: Wrights tmp every night so yall gonna get updates on that matter.

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