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Solar Power (photovoltaics) is now a one-billion-dollar industry, and it’s poised to grow rapidly in the near future as more pressure is placed on limited fossil fuel resources and as advances in solar technology drive down the costs of residential solar systems. This book helps readers understand the basics of solar power and other renewable energy sources, explore whether solar power makes sense for them, what their options are, and what’s involved with installing various on and off-grid systems.

—Fully illustrated
—Covers every conceivable solar-power topic and concern, including updated information on the increasing number of state rebate and incentive programs


Part 1. Saving Your Energy --
1. Looking into the Sun --
Finding the Energy --
Using Renewable Energy Sources --
Solar Energy --
Wind Energy --
Hydro Energy --
Bio Energy --
Geothermal Energy --
Other Energy Sources --
Here Comes the Sun! --
Changing Technologies and Attitudes --
2. Estimating Your Home's Energy Needs --
What's Home Energy? --
Where Does the Energy Go? --
How Much Does Home Energy Cost? --
Considering a Solar Power System --
3. Fifty Ways to Cut Your Home Energy Bills Right Now! --
Understanding Heat Transfer --
Auditing Your Energy --
Do It Yourself --
Professional Energy Audits --
You've Been Audited, Now What? --
Building and Retrofitting for Efficiency --
4. Solar Power Incentives and Paybacks --
Energy Policy Act --
Feds Step In --
Rebates --
State Tax Incentives --
Selling Your Excess Power --
Renewable Energy Credits --
Your Right to Light --
5. Financing Your Solar Home --
About Financing --
Home Energy Rating --
Energy-Efficient Financing --
Fannie Mae --
Freddie Mac --
Farmer Mac --
Department of Energy (DOE) --
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) --
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) --
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) --
State Energy Financing --
Utility Financing --
Solar Vendors --
6. Building Your New Solar Home --
Building Codes --
Beginning the Construction Process --
Solar Design --
Orienting Your Solar Home --
Energy-Efficient Design --
Thermal Envelope --
Doors, Windows, and Appliances --
Heating and Cooling --
Controlled Ventilation --
Contractors and Suppliers --
7. Retrofitting Your Home for Solar Power --
Solar Climate --
Your Current Home --
Planning Your Solar Power System --
Pricing Your Solar Power System --
Replacing Appliances --
Upgrading Insulation and Weatherstripping --
8. Solar Landscaping Savings --
Saving Money with Landscaping --
Summer --
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Books, Nonfiction, Green Living, Alternative Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency, Photovoltaic Power Systems, Geothermal Energy, Optoelectronics, Solar Houses


ISBN-10:  1592576435
ISBN-13:  978-1592576432
Author:  Dan Ramsey
Genre:  Outdoors & Nature, Professional & Technical, Home & Garden
Publisher:  Alpha
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Solar Power for Your Home   by David Hughes et al. Alpha Publishers 2010    Reviewed by: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca    This is an excellent guide for anyone planning to install   solar energy panels in a home or take advantage of the sale   of excess renewable power to the local electric company .   The work describes solar power functionality  and solar energy at work. The processes described are perfect   for …
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