The coming energy crisis caused by a peak in global oil and natural gas production will profoundly affect the lives of all North Americans. As the price of these vital fuels rises, homeowners will scramble to cut their fuel bills. Two options for meeting the upcoming challenge are dramatic improvements in home energy efficiency and efforts to tap into clean, affordable, renewable energy resources to heat and cool homes, to provide hot water and electricity, and even to cook. These measures can result in huge savings and a level of energy independence. The "Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy" tells you how. It starts by outlining the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy. It then discusses energy conservation to slash energy bills and prepare for renewable energy options. Focusing carefully on specific strategies needed to replace specific fuels, the book then examines each practical energy option available to homeowners. The "Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy" gives readers sufficient knowledge to hire and communicate effectively with contractors and, for those wanting do installations themselves, it recommends more detailed manuals.
With a complete resource listing, this well-illustrated and accessible guide is a perfect companion for illuminating the coming dark age.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Renewable Energy -- Clean, Affordable and Reliable; Conservation Rules -- The Cornerstone of Your Energy Future; Solar Hot Water Systems -- Satisfying Domestic Hot Water Needs with Renewable Energy; Free Heat -- Passive Solar, Active Solar, and Heat Pumps; Wood Heat; Passive Cooling -- Staying Cool All Summer Long, Naturally; Solar Electricity -- Powering Your Home with Solar Energy; Wind Power -- Meeting Your Needs for Electricity; Microhydro -- Generating Electricity from Running Water; Whats on the Horizon? New Fuels and New Technologies for Homes and Autos; Conclusion; Index.
Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over 24 books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. He is a certified wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. Dan lives in a passive solar home in Evergreen, Colorado.