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The Homeowner's Energy Handbook

Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid
Paperback Book
Storey Books
February, 2013
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Banyen's Description: 

Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Understand the fundamentals of solar, wind, water, and biofuel energy production as you make your home ready for renewables. Each chapter of Homeowner's Energy Handbook provides a comprehensive discussion of renewable energy sources along with "green guides" for building your own energy-saving—and energy-producing —equipment. Step-by-step instructions show you how to build a bicycle-powered generator, a biodiesel processor, a thermosiphon solar hot-water collector, a biogas generator, a smokeless wood-gas camp stove, and much more. Whether you want to button up your house to be more energy-efficient, find deep energy savings, or take your home entirely off the grid, this guide has the knowledge and skills you need to reduce your use, then produce!

Begin by doing an energy audit to boost your home’s efficiency and then explore the opportunities, from investing in basic retrofits to going completely off the grid.

Humans are the only inhabitants of the earth to use energy that does not come directly from the sun. All life is in a constant struggle to gain more and more energy in different forms—it seems to be the basis for a species’ success. Whether you’re on or off the grid or you use renewable energy or not, energy prices and energy impacts will continue to grow. Any efforts to reduce your use will allow you to meet your needs with fewer resources, expand your energy options, and help to put humans on a sustainable energy path.

Publisher’s Description: 

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Energy Self- Sufficiency is a perfect primer for homeowners looking for hands-on ways to generate their own power. Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical solutions for adapting solar, wind, wood gasification, biogas, and micro hydro power systems for home use. Step-by-step instructions show how to build a wood gasifier, a solar heat collector, a bicycle-powered generator, and other energy-saving equipment. Readers will learn how to make their own transportation fuels, such as ethanol, wood gas methanol, and biodiesel, and how to convert kitchen compost into renewable natural gas. Whether homeowners are motivated by the desire for backup systems when the power fails, the desire for lower energy costs, or the dream of living completely off the grid, The Backyard Homestead Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency will give them the knowledge and skills needed to generate their own power.

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