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Achieve energy independence through solar, wind, biomass and hydropower. This invaluable book will show you how to slash your home energy costs while reducing your carbon footprint. You'll find the most practical and affordable methods, such as solar hot water and solar hot air systems, wood heat, passive cooling and electricity from solar, wind and microhydro. Plus, it's filled with detailed illustrations to help you on your way.
AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: Renewable Energy – Clean, Affordable, and ReliableChapter 2: Conservation Rules – The Cornerstone of Your Energy FutureChapter 3: Solar Hot Water Systems – Satisfying Domestic Hot Water Needs with Solar EnergyChapter 4: Free Heat – Passive Solar and Heat PumpsChapter 5: Solar Hot Air and Hot Water Systems: Affordable Heat from the SunChapter 6: Wood HeatChapter 7: Passive Cooling – Staying Cool NaturallyChapter 8: Solar Electricity – Powering Your Home with Solar EnergyChapter 9: Wind Power – Meeting Your Needs for ElectricityChapter 10: Microhydro – Generating Electricity from Running WaterA Brief AfterwordAppendixResource GuideIndexAbout the Author