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Solar Power Your Home For Dummies [Paperback]

Rik DeGunther
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26 Jan 2010 For Dummies
The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America—now in an updated edition Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar–powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you! This new edition gives you hands–on tips and techniques for making your home more energy–efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. Plus, you’ll get all the latest information on changes to federal, state, and local regulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar–power adoption more feasible. Expanded coverage of the technology that underpins full–scale solar–power systems for the home New small– and mid–sized solar products, projects, and applications Rik DeGunther is a design engineer who started his own energy consulting firm Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (26 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470596783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470596784
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 .

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to do solar power proper... 3 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nice book - aimed at the US market but has reference to the UK market.
Well written and honest advice - I wont give anything away (the butler did it...) so you have to purchase/borrow it but well worth it.
Written strangely but it worked for me - advising on small projects and explaining the upper end of the cost solutions.
Before you buy any thing over 30 in regards to reducing bills/solar power (pv or water) then is a must read.
It opened my eyes to the use of batteries (again no clues as to my decision!)
I think the author must be an installation engineer but quite down to earth and honest (in a slightly creepy way!)
The small projects are a good way to use the current bun to power things so worth it just for them!
A good buy
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Solar Power Your Home 3 Dec 2011
By ogg - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book for energy conservation - very LITTLE on solar 20 April 2011
By SueC - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so "illuminating"... 1 Feb 2010
By A. Blandon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all informative about solar power. 8 Jun 2013
By Jan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking deeper helps. 27 July 2010
By Barry Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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