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Easy Cooler Care: A Self Help Guide to Servicing and Repairing Your Evaporative Cooler
The first-ever comprehensive "how-to" book on evaporative coolers. This book covers maintenance, seasonal servicing, repairs, how to enhance the cooler’s performance and how to save $100's per year. It is perfect for those moving into the southwest United States from all over the country without any knowledge about servicing evaporative coolers. Step-by-step photographs illustrate how you can list all the parts you would ever need to replace, prepare your cooler for the summer season, make repairs and replace parts, prepare your cooler for the winter season, and enhance the performance of your cooler


A Performance Calculator for Grid-Connected PV Systems

Solar Electricity Handbook 2010 Edition: A Simple, Practical Guide to Solar Energy - Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems
The Solar Electricity Handbook is a practical and straightforward guide to using electric solar panels. Assuming no previous knowledge of solar panels, the book explains how solar panels work, how they can be used and explains the steps you need to take to successfully design and install a solar electric system from scratch using photovoltaic solar panels. Accompanying this book is a solar resource website containing lots of useful information, lists of suppliers and on-line solar energy calculators that will simplify the cost analysis and design processes.

Energy & Efficiency

Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home
The authors explore the design and construction of self-sufficient houses from start to finish. They make the case for a Zero Energy Home; cite climate and geographic challenges; describe exactly how to go about building an energy-efficient home; and feature ten houses that were built for zero energy living. With unequaled knowledge and a passion for the subject, the authors walk readers through the process of building and living in a truly green home.

The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements
Learn to set realistic personal goals for reducing their energy consumption. The authors' methods for making homes more energy efficient will also improve comfort, safety, durability, and resale value. They guide readers through the process of assessing current energy usage and predicting the benefits and estimating the costs of remodeling options. With projects ranging from simple fixes to large-scale renovations, this book offers solutions for the energy-conscious homeowner, regardless of budget, technical ability, or time.

Cut Your Energy Bills Now: 150 Smart Ways to Save Money & Make Your Home More Comfortable & Green
How can the average homeowner lower their energy bill and still maintain a comfortable, healthy, and green house? This book provides the answers. Offering eye-opening incentives and easily achievable methods, the author's uncluttered and organized approach will not only benefit the environment, it will help anyone reduce their heating, cooling, and electrical expenses. Highlighted by numbered tips and techniques for easy reference, the book presents a treasure trove of simple and inexpensive ways for cutting energy costs by up to 20% -- and even 40% in some cases.

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: Save Money, Save the Earth
A one-stop resource for consumers who want to improve their home’s energy performance and reduce costs. Zeroing in on the most useful response can be a challenge; this ninth edition cuts through the confusion by focusing on specific areas in the home, such as electronics, lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, kitchen, and laundry, and providing helpful explanations for each.

The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy-Smart (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)
Involves readers in learning about their own homes by: measuring, metering, investigating and considering habits related to household energy use; learning how to quantify energy consumption and cost and making informed decisions about cost-effective improvements and upgrades. The book explores the misunderstood concept of efficiency versus cost by comparing fuel costs and equipment choices, including the possibility of using renewable energy for meeting home energy needs. This authoritative guide makes efficiency fun through personal anecdotes and humorous “tales-from-the-basement” energy misadventures.

Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for Existing Buildings (5th Edition)
Introduces readers to a home's energy-related components and explains all the important possibilities for energy conservation. Readers will learn from this exceptionally illustrated text that effective energy conservation requires a whole-house approach that addresses the biggest energy wasters first! Covering everything from basic principles and air leakage to insulation and windows and doors, this user friendly manual is an essential text/reference for anyone interested in the design, construction, and operation of energy efficient homes! PLUS, every book includes a CD-ROM containing an electronic version of the text!

Energy-Efficient Building (Best of Fine Homebuilding)
This book brings together 29 of the best articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine that cover topics from choosing ductwork and housewrap to building more efficient fireplaces and storm windows. The articles detail specific projects home-owners or builders can do to improve the energy efficiency of a traditional home. Over 200 photos and 50 color illustrations make concepts and product comparisons easy to understand, even for non-professionals. All of the articles are intended to solve common home energy problem: such as those associated with doors, skylights, water heaters, and heating systems.


Biodiesel Basics and Beyond: A Comprehensive Guide to Production and Use for the Home and Farm
Aims to separate fact from fiction and to educate potential home, farm, and cooperative manufacturers on the economic production of quality biodiesel from both waste and virgin oil feedstock. The book includes detailed processes and equipment required to produce biodiesel fuel that meets North American standards, how farmers can use excess oilseed as a feedstock for biodiesel production, the use of the co-byproduct glycerin in the making of soap, and a guide to numerous reference materials and a list of supplier data. This is North America’s definitive guide to responsibly producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil while minimizing your environmental footprint in the process.

Do It Yourself Guide to Biodiesel: Your Alternative Fuel Solution for Saving Money, Reducing Oil Dependency, and Helping the Planet
Containing the most current and complete information available for would-be biodiesel makers, Do-It-Yourself Guide to Biodiesel offers a step-by-step path from the initial desire to do something good for the environment to the final stage of filling the tank with low-cost fuel. As the author tells how to break free from the grip of big oil, he counters the common myths about biodiesel with facts from university studies and his own extensive experience. The many benefits of biodiesel are detailed, including higher lubricity, increased engine life, cleaner burn, less toxicity, and faster biodegrading action. Do-It-Yourself Guide to Biodiesel explains in simple terms the procedures and the equipment needed to make biodiesel at home, in small or large batches. Readers are given a complete understanding of what biodiesel is and how to make it properly and safely. There is even a section on pitfalls to avoid as well as the author's personal tips and tricks.

Run Your Diesel Vehicle on Biofuels: A Do-It-Yourself Manual
Has everything you need to make the switch from expensive, environment-damaging carbon fuel to cheap (and, in many cases, free), clean fuel for your vehicle. Practical and decidedly apolitical, this unique guide focuses on technical details, parts, and instructions. You'll find step-by-step instructions accompanied by helpful illustrations for such projects as building and properly using a homemade biodiesel reactor, which enables you to drive you car on vegetable oil purchased at a fraction of the price of gas or even on second-hand oil obtained from restaurants free of charge. Also includes a list of international parts suppliers and various manufacturers' warranty statuses regarding vehicles converted to biodiesel.

Sustainable Ethanol: Biofuels, Biorefineries, Cellulosic Biomass, Flex-fuel Vehicles, and Sustainable Farming for Energy Independence
Goes beyond the headlines, uncovering the benefits and limitations of North America's fuel ethanol industry. Ethanol production and use are becoming more efficient and less reliant on fossil fuel inputs. Learn about the technologies making ethanol make sense for our environment, economy, and security. Discover how the end of cheap oil is providing an opening for biofuels; how some cars get better fuel economy on 10% ethanol compared to ethanol-free gasoline; how the next generation of flex-fuel and hybrid electric vehicles could be optimized to get much better fuel economy on ethanol; how North America can produce significant quantities of biofuels without damaging our food production capacity; how sustainable farming methods are reducing ethanol's reliance on fossil fuels; and how cellulosic ethanol can be made from waste materials and soil-restoring perennial crops.

Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel
A practical, grassroots book that will give readers all the information they need, covering every aspect of making and using ethanol for fuel, including permitting and planning, budgeting and setup, sourcing feedstocks, finding and building distillation equipment, storage and safety, and practical applications for converting motor vehicles, farm equipment, and space-heating systems. The practical, user-friendly information on basic equipment needs, fermentation recipes, and distillation designs will be of interest to readers looking for information, as well as to those ready to make the switch.

The Alcohol Fuel Handbook
Do you want to escape rising gasoline prices? You can make your own fuel and here is how. The Alcohol Fuel Handbook presents knowledge gained through the extensive practical experience of the author and her then partner in the production of ethanol for fuel. Now updated and revised, the book is increasingly relevant as gasoline prices rise. Learn to produce fuel alcohol, use the byproducts, modify engines to run on ethanol and deal with government regulations.


Geothermal Heat Pumps: A Guide for Planning and Installing
A comprehensive guide to the selection, design and installation of geothermal heat pumps available. This leading manual presents the most recent information and market developments in order to put any installer, engineer or architect in the position to design, select and install a domestic geothermal heat pump system. Internationally respected expert Karl Ochsner presents the reasons to use heat pumps, introduces basic theory and reviews the wide variety of available heat pump models. Expertly reviewed and adapted for the most geographically broad application possible, the book offers the reader valuable tips for planning and system control using data, graphics and tables from a growing and innovative market.

RESIDENTIAL GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS: Heating And Cooling Using The Ground Below
Readers will learn how heat pumps are able to extract heat from relatively low temperature water circulating in ground loops and raise it to a temperature high enough to heat a home. They will also learn how to estimate the size of the heat pump required and the ground loop size as well for straight 2-pipe, 4-pipe, 6-pipe and Slinky loop configurations. This is important in order to verify that the installer correctly sizes the system. Both horizontal and vertical loop systems, for GX and DX, are covered. Some of the technical issues that are addressed include: Loop water flow rates and Reynolds Number, heat of extraction/rejection, heating capacity, desuperheater setup, open-loop/closed-loop, SCW, pond loops, DX, Manual-J, COP. The final chapter consists of a set of flowcharts guiding the homeowner to ask the pertinent questions needed for a successful installation.


The Complete Handbook of Solar Air Heating Systems
Incredibly detailed information on how to make any type of solar air heater. It covers all of the rules of thumb, the materials, where to get them and much more. Whether you're a homeowner or a contractor, this book has everything that you need to know about the construction and operation of all types of solar air heaters for space and domestic water heating. If you're looking for one book that will get you into "hot air," this is the one!

Build Your Own Solar Heating System
This book provides step-by-step instructions for the average do-it-yourself home owner or hobbyist for building a fully functional solar heating system capable of pre-heating water for a water heater and heating a house in winter. The project described in the book, was built with easily available tools and resources so that it can be duplicated by anyone who is handy with basic tools and construction techniques.

Radiant Floor Heating, Second Edition
This guide from master plumber, longtime contractor, and renowned how-to author R. Dodge Woodson brings plumbing and construction pros (and even savvy do-it-yourselfers) all the details and know-how needed to: understand and explain the advantages of in-floor radiant heating; install, test, and debug embedded and dry radiant heat systems in new or existing homes; create heating zones for variable temperatures throughout a house; offer hot water heating as part of your system; heat seldom-used areas and provide outdoor ice removal and other add-on amenities; select superior equipment--tubing, boilers, expansion tanks, pumps, and controls; troubleshoot and repair system problems; avoid common errors and mishaps.

Hydroelectric (Water Power)

Microhydro: Clean Power from Water
Hydroelectricity is the world's largest—and cleanest—source of renewable energy. But despite lively interest in renewables generally, there is an information vacuum about the smallest version of the technology dubbed "the simplest, most reliable and least expensive way to generate power off grid." Highly illustrated and practical, Microhydro is the first complete book on the topic in a decade. Covering both AC and DC systems, it covers principles, design and site considerations, equipment options, and legal, environmental, and economic factors.

r>Well-written, 56-page guide that covers planning, designing, getting approvals, and installing a micro hydro system.

Micro-Hydro Design Manual: A Guide to Small-Scale Water Power Schemes
This book has grown from Intermediate Technology's field experiences with micro-hydro installations and covers operation and maintenance, commissioning, electrical power, induction generators, electronic controllers, management, and energy surveys.

The Micro-Hydro Pelton Turbine Manual: Design, Manufacture and Installation for Small-Scale Hydro-Power
Written to enable the reader to design and manufacture Pelton turbines with capacities from a few hundred watts to around 100kw, though much of the information is relevant for larger units too. Aimed at readers with a general engineering workshop background, the emphasis is on simple technology, so that the turbines can be made in small workshops with basic engineering facilities. More advanced processes are discussed for those with access to better manufacturing facilities. As well as detailing all the important aspects of design, the book covers basic theory, turbine selection, manufacture, installation, testing and problem-solving. The manual is well illustrated and contains many comprehensive appendices, which include manufacturing reference information and the derivation of equations used.

21st Century Complete Guide to Hydropower, Hydroelectric Power, Dams, Turbine, Safety, Environmental Impact, Microhydropower, Impoundment, Pumped Storage, Diversion, Run-of-River
This unique electronic book on CD-ROM is packed with over 15,000 pages of federal documents and resources about hydropower, hydroelectric power, and related technologies such as dams, turbines, and microhydropower. Research and development activities of the Department of Energy is covered, with information on technology development, projects, history, safety, and environmental impact. There is also material from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding licensing, compliance, safety and inspections of hydropower and the hydropower industry. Coverage includes water energy resources, state assessment reports, and more.


Insulate & Weatherize
From the most basic solutions to advanced, energy-saving projects, no book covers home insulation and weatherization like this one. With 35 drawings and 350 color photos guiding them, homeowners will learn how best to keep their homes warm in winter, cool in summer, and weather-tight all year long.

Insulating, Sealing & Ventilating Your House
Good insulation can keep a house cozy in winter, and cool in summer—while saving money and conserving energy. In amazingly thorough detail, with plenty of color illustrations, the author describes every step of insulating, sealing, and ventilating your home. He shows how to determine the amount of insulation needed, locate air leaks, regulate air quality, and determine the costs versus benefits of any job. Find out where to start work, which materials are most effective, and how to handle potential insulation problems. From air-sealing external walls to adding vapor barriers, all you need to know is here.


Residential Lighting: A Practical Guide to Beautiful and Sustainable Design
This popular easy-to-read lighting design guide offers a highly visual introduction to the fundamentals for illuminating the single-family home. Emphasizing the use of "light layering" he advocates using a combination of lighting sources to create a cohesive and versatile lighting system. The book offers advice on design tools and room-by-room lighting strategies. This Second Edition includes a new chapter on how to implement the use of energy efficient lighting design, including updated information on LED lamps, CFL's and daylightng. Also included are 32 pages of color plates demonstrating professional remodels of interior and exterior rooms; including contributions from interior designers, architects, landscape designers in collaboration with well integrated lighting design.

Solar (Photovoltaics)

The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling
Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Readers will learn how to select a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly backup heating system, how to preserve indoor air quality in an airtight, energy-efficient home, and ways of employing green building materials in a naturally conditioned home.

Passive Solar House: The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home
This is the building book for a world of climbing energy costs. Applicable to diverse regions, climates, budgets, and styles of architecture, the author’s techniques translate the essentials of timeless solar design into practical wisdom for today’s solar builders. Profiles of successful passive solar design, construction, and retrofit projects from readers of the first edition provide inspiration to first-time homebuilders and renovators alike. Revised and Expanded Edition—Includes CD-ROM with Custom Design Software

Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual
The book contains an overview of photovoltaic electricity and a detailed description of PV system components, including PV modules, batteries, controllers and inverters. It also includes chapters on sizing photovoltaic systems, analyzing sites and installing PV systems, as well as detailed appendices on PV system maintenance, troubleshooting and solar insolation data for over 300 sites around the world. Topics covered include the basics of solar electricity, PV applications and system components, solar site analysis and mounting, stand-alone and PV/generator hybrid system sizing, utility-interactive PV systems, component specification, system costs and economics, case studies and safety issues.

Got Sun? Go Solar: Get Free Renewable Energy to Power Your Grid-Tied Home
A straight-talking book tells grid-connected homeowners how to use free energy from the sun and wind to reduce or even eliminate their electric bills, and what to expect from this independent, thoughtful lifestyle. Whether you live in the sun-soaked Southwest, or windy North Dakota, alternative energy has come of age with affordable modern technology. Now with rebates and incentives from most states, installing a home system is an economically-attractive and environmentally-responsible option. Chapters include: - Why invest in alternative energy for your home? - Is it legal and safe? - How solar electricity really works - Batteries or not? - Sizing a system to fit your home and your needs - Got Wind? - What does it cost? - Does your state offer rebates or incentives? - Permits, Paperwork and Financing - The Nuts & Bolts: what to look for, what to avoid - Who does the installation? - Extensive appendix with resources, manufacturers, sizing worksheets, glossary, and more

The Simply Solar House: Green Building on a Budget
This book is unique in its practical approach to designing a highly energy efficient house using common construction materials and practices. Drawing upon their experience building a solar house in central North Carolina, the authors describe the key features of energy efficient home design in simple and easy to understand language. This book is the perfect guide for cost conscious homebuilders who are inspired by the Green Revolution and passionate about preserving our environmental quality.

The Sun-Inspired House: House Designs Warmed and Brightened by the Sun
A unique combination of passive solar information and house plans designed to use the sun to maximum efficiency. The information is educational while the designs are inspirational. The elegant yet functional homes capture the non-polluting heat and wonderful light of the sun in a wide range of warm and welcoming styles. Blueprints are available for most of the designs.

Water Heating

Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems
The book presents the basics of solar water heating, including an introduction to modern solar energy systems, energy conservation and energy economics. Drawing on the author’s experience as an installer of these systems, it goes on to cover types of solar collectors, solar water and space heating systems and solar pool heating systems, including their advantages and disadvantages, system components, their installation, operation, and maintenance, system sizing and siting, and choosing the appropriate system.

Solar Domestic Water Heating: The Earthscan Expert Handbook for Planning, Design and Installation
This fully-illustrated and easy-to-follow guide shows how domestic solar water heating systems work, the different types of systems, types of collectors -- both flat plate and evacuated tube -- types of storages tanks and other accessories. It also shows how systems are installed and explains how solar water heating can be integrated into existing water heating systems. Numerous examples from around the world are included. This is an ideal guide for plumbers, heating engineers, builders and architects, housing and property developers, home owners and DIY enthusiasts, and anyone who needs a clear introduction to solar water heating technology.


Wind Power, Revised Edition: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business
The completely revised and expanded edition of Paul Gipe's definitive 1993 book, Wind Power for Home and Business. In addition to expanded sections on gauging wind resources and siting wind turbines, this edition includes new examples and case studies of successful wind systems, international sources for new and used equipment, and hundreds of color photographs and illustrations.

Wind Energy Basics, Second Edition: A Guide to Home- and Community-Scale Wind-Energy Systems
Offers a how-to for home-based wind applications, with advice on which wind turbines to choose and which to avoid. He guides wind-energy installers through considerations such as renewable investment strategies and gives cautionary tales of wind applications gone wrong. And for the activist, he suggests methods of prodding federal, state, and provincial governments to promote energy independence.

Wind Power For Dummies
This authoritative, plain-English guide walks you through every step of the process, from assessing your site and available wind sources to deciding whether wind power is the solution for you, from understanding the mechanics of wind power and locating a contractor to install your system to producing your own affordable and sustainable electricity.

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