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This book is a simple and entertaining introduction to solar electric. It is also a statement for clean energy and for environmentally healthy lifestyle. The reader will be introduced - through humor and analogies - to the basic electrical terms and the components of a solar system. Practical tips, including names and numbers, will give the reader some idea about reliable products and manufacturers. This expanded second edition is complete with index, glossary and charts.
Easy, inexpensive, do-it-yourself solar energy projects Featuring step-by-step instructions and useful photos and illustrations, this hands-on guide is filled with solar energy solutions you can put to use right away. "Solar Power for Your Home" shows you how to set up a variety of simple, money-saving solar projects quickly and easily, such as a solar water heater, a solar pool pump, solar lighting, a solar oven--and even a solar-powered lawn mower Learn all about the different types of solar technologies, including passive solar and photovoltaic, and determine which best suits your projects. You'll get details on assessing current energy use in your home, estimating the costs of solar installations, and calculating your overall savings. Reduce your carbon footprint--and your energy costs--with help from this practical resource. "Solar Power for Your Home" covers: History, benefits, and potential detriments of solar energy Fundamentals of solar technologies--passive solar, photovoltaic, concentrating solar energy, and more Evaluating home electricity consumption Creating a personal energy plan How and when to contract your solar project Emerging technologies--thin film, nano, and hybrid solar and solar storage Funding options including rebates, incentives, and grants Standards, conversions, and helpful resources
"Solar Power Your Home For Dummies" is "the" bestselling consumer guide to solar power in North America. Updates for the second edition ensure that this title continues to provide readers with accurate and timely information on a subject that is constantly evolving. "Solar Power Your Home For Dummies, " 2nd Edition," " includes updates 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 have been added in direct response to consumer demand. With this information, readers are better positioned to weigh the pros and cons of embarking on what can be an expensive undertaking. New small and mid-sized solar products, projects, and applications are discussed, along with updated pricing information for the same.