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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470596783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470596784
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A new edition of the best-selling guide to solar power

Want solar power in your home? Whether you're looking to save on energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, this friendly guide takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you! Plus, you'll get all the latest updates on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that make solar-power adoption more feasible.

Understanding why solar is king — find out how you can put solar power to use to reap financial rewards, lessen your carbon footprint, and gain independence from fossil fuels

Here comes the sun — learn to evaluate your solar potential, plot your sun charts, calculate payback on your investment, and install your solar system

Practical applications — get easy-to-follow information on how to use solar energy in a variety of projects inside and outside your home

Exploring full-scale photovoltaic systems — discover the benefits of powering your home with a PV system, understand how the system works, and find out how to install one

Building, retrofitting, and selling — get practical guidance on building a solar-powered home from the ground up, installing solar in an existing home, and selling your solar home

Open the book and find:

  • Tips on surveying your household energy efficiency and use

  • Ways to evaluate your solar potential

  • Small- and medium-sized DIY projects

  • Advice on analyzing solar investments

  • An introduction to building codes and regulations

  • Ways to take advantage of your lot's features

  • Information on installing PV systems

  • The ten best solar investments

About 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.

Customer Reviews

In depth and easy to understand.
FW Adams
I already knew what I didn't know and wanted to know, but now I know much more about what I don't need to know, and still don't know enough about I need to know.
James L Specht
This book gives a good foundation to anyone considering installing or having installed any type of solar system.
Ralph Collins

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By ogg on December 3, 2011
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The title of this book is misleading to the buyer. I was thinking the contents had to do with actually placing solar panels, batteries, etc. to convert sunlight to power. There was very, very little of this. Book is mainly basics of home energy conservation, finance, very wordy and boring.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By SueC on April 20, 2011
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I was specifically looking for some information for configuring/sizing a solar system for my home. This book had a lot of good energy conservation suggestions; however, there was little to no information about configuring/sizing, or really any other information for someone to build a solar system themselves. Perhaps my bad, but I had thought of these "__________ for Dummies" books tailored toward the do-it-yourself-ers. That is not the case here. They focus on giving you suggestions for questions to ask contractors, but little details on the technical aspects of the system the contractor may, or might not install.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Blandon on February 1, 2010
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I regret having purchased this book... I should've spent a bit more money and gotten a more comprehensive guide to Solar Power. Someone could argue it's for beginners but it left me wanting more... A book about alternative energy systems should be more detail oriented.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jan on June 8, 2013
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Mostly told me I was to dumb to install a system by my self, only talks about yard lights and stuff. When it gets technical it just tells you to hire a "profesional.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry Johnston on July 27, 2010
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A great book as far as it goes, but working for a solar supplier (PV and thermal) here is one area which probably merits deeper exploration. This is the answer to the old chestnut question, which is: "How long does it take before I reach energy payback on my solar installation". While this is often addressed where the baseline is money, for a green technology the environmental baseline is at least as important. Our research suggests that the answer is:

PV installations - 5-7 years.
Complex solar thermal systems (low carbon mains electric pumps) - over 4 years.
Zero carbon, simple solar thermal systems (thermosyphon or PV pumped such as Solartwin) - 2 years or less.

The risk is that the "techno-bling" or "eco-bling" appeal of complex technologies can sometimes outsmart the environmental appeal of simpler technologies. Or insulating. Or using less heat in the first place!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By conis on October 6, 2013
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If your'e looking to go off grid, skip this one. Redundant common knowledge about home energy conservation. No "meat on the bone" hands on details here, mostly common knowledge. I read through half of it hoping it was going somewhere.... It didn't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cphoto on August 16, 2013
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I really would rate this book -4stars if possible. The information is basically
worthless and there are a lot of blank pages and blank or blacked out spaces on about.
30percent of the pages. I would not recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bill moss on December 2, 2013
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If you want information about how to apply solar power to your home don't buy this book... Rather, choose the better dummies book, Photovoltaic Design & Installation. Whether you have advanced knowledge or a beginner just thinking
about if it would be practical for you, the book by Ryan Mayfield is your best source by far.. The book begins with basic electricity and uses easy to understand wording to explain every detail about how to build and connect a solar panel system. His book explains components in detail and the differences in material choices... And if you are just thinking about solar, Ryan Mayfields book offers positioning and space requirements, expense considerations, and diagrams of how all the parts work together. System efficiency, effects of temperature, and reasonable expectations are easily understood in the mayfield book: Photovoltaic Design & Installation for Dummies.
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