for Your Home
David S. Findley
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.
for Your Home covers:
- History, benefits, and potential detriments of solar
- 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
- Standards, conversions, and helpful resources
Chapter 1. The History of Solar Energy;
Chapter 2. The Benefits and Detriments of
Chapter 3. Types of Solar Energy;
Chapter 4. Energy-Efficient Home Systems;
Chapter 5. Zero-Cost Passive Solar;
Chapter 6. Creating a Personal Energy Plan;
Chapter 7. The Fundamentals of a PV System;
Chapter 8. Solar Projects You Can Use Today;
Chapter 9. The Real Costs of Energy
Chapter 10. How and When to Hire a
Chapter 11. Funding Your Solar Project;
Chapter 12. The Future of Solar Energy;
Appendix: Standards, Conversions, and Green
About the Author:
David S. Findley is an assistant professor at Farmingdale
State College and the owner of Synergy New Technology, a
not-for-profit green technology solution provider.
He has overseen the development of a green engineering sciences
Findley is currently working on a Discovery Channel television
program from the Automotive Technology Department.
208 Pages -
7-3/4 x 9-1/2 in.
Green Building & Alternative Energy