- Paperback: 76 pages
- Publisher: Knowledge Publications (October 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603220003
- ISBN-13: 978-1603220002
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't think most of us would make regular use of a solar oven at home, but what about after hurricanes or an earthquake like in Haiti. With what he shows you, you could show up at a disaster zone with some duct tape and a few sacks of flour and feed refugees and relief workers alike. That's something we don't think about unless we've been there. I have and I appreciate the author's efforts toward disaster relief and preparedness.
Harris takes you through projects that worked out and those that didn't. Yes, you do have to consider what the building inspector thinks about your project. And your neighbors. He has been there and done that.
The book comes from a company called Knowledge Publications and this is exactly that: a knowledge publication. Get this book and learn its lessons. You will save money on your energy bill. You'll amaze your friends and neighbors. You might even find yourself comfy while your neighbors are freezing during a power outage.
One reviewer complained about the form of the book. It looked fine to me. Yes, there are a few typos and grammatical imperfections, but this is a book for people who are ready to get their hands dirty, not ivory-tower academics!
This book discusses no nonsense approaches to collecting the radiation given off by the sun. People should read this book. It is a quick, easy read but I'm sure you will be referring to it again. There are quick and simple ways to cut heating bills. The methods discussed are so easy someone with basic skills could put something together to create heat. The section on baking bread using a solar oven is one that I had forgotten. Thanks Steven for the reminder. When I was 14, I once cooked a small roast using this technique. I remember using a polished tin, folding oven. The tin-foil approach is cheaper and will work fine.
Some of the topics that interested me the most are, solar hot water heaters, ice making and air-conditioning, heat exchangers for hot water and cooling. There is much more in this book. It is cheap enough that you can't go wrong. Buy it!!!
It only makes good sense to have a book of some simple solutions made from everyday devices. This is a must have.
Bottom line: This is a non-fiction work that doesn't need elaborate aethetics to make it a great buy. If you buy this sort of book for it's looks, then you may have missed the point.
I admit, the source of cheap-to-free PV panels was one that I had always assumed to be unavailable. I don't have anywhere to put any up or aside; but I'm not surprised that Luther found them available for so little.
I recently moved to an area with more than it's share of eco-hippies. I think I'm going to try to form a partnership with some local NGO that has a building and see if we can run a workshop teaching kids and young adults about solar energy. Repairing, repurposing, and reintroducing into service some damaged panels would be a good lead-in. (Please excuse my use of these fashionable buzzwords . . . YUCK!) I could tell them about solar hot air, solar hot water and give them a couple of "homework" assignments that would yield amazing results for less than a $1.00.
Not having the book in front of me as I write this, I can think of three or four specific and separate things in it that are each worth $20. Just knowing about them is easily worth $20; actually putting them into practice will likely save you a lot more than that.
Some of the ideas in the book and common sense. All of them are simple. I can think of one that I still haven't seen on the internet.
When I bought the book, it was a spiral-bound "Kinko's special" and the author can be abrasive. But for the sake of Amazoners, the review shouldn't be about whether or not the author is always likeable. The content is the thing and the content in this one was worth $20. (I seem to remember that I actually paid more than that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very instructive if you are interested in DIY solar energy.Published 16 months ago by robert pearson
The main book, "Sunshine to Dollars," is only 38 pages long, but the ideas offered have had my mind spinning ever since I got the book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Don't waste your money. This book is simplistic in the extreme, all of the information contained can be had for free with a quick search of the web, and is mostly common sense... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mostly useless, save your money. If you have watched the Science channel, or anything like it, that pretty much covers this.Published on July 7, 2014 by Delta V
This is a great book that haas tons of Ideas and how tos for solar projects it also has a lot of great info in it about solar technology!Published on February 16, 2014 by sbber
As stand alone ideas they work very well. Depending on where you live it is more useful, such as in the northern tier. His ideas can be easily adapted to different situations. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Wayne Stan
As others have stated, this book seems somewhat slim for the price. But, it is chock full of ideas on how you can, all by yourself, make many useful solar devices for nothing, or... Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by S'noflake