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Solar Power Your Home For Dummies Paperback – January 19, 2010
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping for more specifics, like what do the bracket systems look like and how to properly attach the footings to the roof so they don't leak. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert J. Martin
Some recommendations seems to me prettyv obvious, but you know, when something is obvious there's a place for mistakes or misunderstandingsPublished 4 months ago by Ricardo Ramirez Ruiz
Anyone interested in solar power should read this book. Besides the obvious roof-mounted panels he talks about alternatives, including conservation, all the way down to swimming... Read morePublished 6 months ago by California Steven
waste of money if you really want to learn solar this is not for youPublished 7 months ago by swc64844