Small Geothermal Energy Systems and Geothermal Heat Pumps: Guide for the Do-it-Yourselfer (DIY), Ground Source Heat Pumps, Information Survival Kit for Heat Pump Owners, Energy Program SuccessesThis comprehensive compilation of DOE documents provides unique and practical information about geothermal heat pumps, including small geothermal systems and DIY systems.Contents: Chapter 1: Small Geothermal Systems: A Guide For The Do-It-Yourselfer * Chapter 2: Using The Earth To Heat and Cool Buildings * Chapter 3: An Information Survival Kit For The Prospective Geothermal Heat Pump Owner * Chapter 4: Success Stories of the Geothermal Energy Program * Chapter 5: Ground-Source Heat Pumps: Overview of Market Status, Barriers to Adoption, and Options for Overcoming BarriersA heat pump—like an air conditioner or refrigerator—moves heat from one place to another. ...
Energy: What the World Needs Now is an optimistic, yet realistic approach to energy issues in the United States and throughout the world. The audience is non-science college students, advanced high school students, and general readers. In addition to chemistry and physical science courses, this book could be a supplemental textbook for courses on sustainability, global politics of energy, economics of energy, psychology of sustainability, how to be green, etc.Topics covered include: energy basics, power plant operation, fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable energy (hydroelectric, wind, solar, biofuels, and geothermal), efficiency and conservation, batteries and fuel cells, the cost of energy, global energy use, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, global warming, and climate change. A chemistry primer explains how the combustion of a fuel produces energy. A chapter is devoted to developing an intuitive sense of energy using the caloric content of a Snickers bar as a unit and then scaling up to global energy use.Energy: What the World Needs Now not only gives the reader a good qualitative sense of energy issues but it also equips the reader to evaluate energy issues quantitatively. There are many calculations in this book, but they are no more difficult than the average consumer math calculation. Anyone interested in finding a sale or buying in bulk can do the calculations found here.Energy and environmental issues are extremely politicized in the United States. We do not think it has to be this way. All agree that we need and want energy. Our modern technological society demands it. Most agree that we want these things in a safe and sustainable way. Energy: What the World Needs Now is no policy manual, but it seeks to inform the general public about the need, the cost, the timeline, and the risks of the energy choices we will be making.Energy: What the World Needs Now was originally published for the Apple iPad and included embedded movies, photo galleries, rotatable 3D images, review questions, and an interactive glossary. There were also three specialty calculators built with the HTML5 widget: a reaction energy calculator, a global energy use and population calculator, and an energy use calculator to predict future energy use as renewable energy sources are developed. Some of these interactive resources are now available at the book web site at http://www.energywhattheworldneedsnow.com
What do a clothesline, a locally grown tomato, and a microchip have in common? They're all ordinary things that can have an extraordinary impact in the fight against global warming. Carbon dioxide from vehicles, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and other common devices is thickening the Earth's atmosphere and causing dangerous climate changes around the globe. But some everyday things -- like the seven wonders described in this book -- can vastly reduce these impacts. The wonders are profiled in short, lively chapters that also explore the key issues behind global warming: transportation ("The Bicycle"), population ("The Condom"), fossil fuel efficiency ("The Ceiling Fan"), renewable energy ("The Clothesline"), food production and distribution ("The Real Tomato"), resource conservation and reuse ("The Library Book"), and the information economy ("The Microchip"). With its inspiring vision and simple but sound explanations of complex processes, this hopeful little book offers a powerful template for personal action.