Recently, Chelsea Green Publishing sent us a copy of a new book, A Solar Buyer’s Guide for the Home and Office, by Stephen and Rebekah Hren, also the authors of the Carbon-Free Home. Just like the first book, the authors chose a topic that they’re clearly expert to talk about. Stephen is a builder and teacher with experience in passive and active solar heating technologies, while Rebekah is an NABCEP-certified photovoltaics installer, licensed electrical contractor, and ISPQ-certified solar instructor.
The authors take on the task of helping property owners make a good decision — for both their energy needs and financial security — when it comes to investing in passive and active solar systems. Here’s how the Solar Buyer’s Guide is structured:
- CH 1: Types of solar
- CH 2: What’s appropriate for your site
- CH 3: What’s appropriate for your budget
- CH 4: Getting ready for the installation
- CH 5: Solar electric (PV) systems
- CH 6: Solar hot water
- CH 7: Solar heating
- CH 8: Everything else under the sun
- CH 9: The future of solar
Personally, I’m fascinated by solar and believe it will be a major fuel source for future solar cars and net-zero energy homes. Indeed, micro-solar technologies, such as these five seem like a good place to start, especially if you’re trying to make an older home more energy efficient at the same time.
But before pulling the trigger on a major purchase like this, you owe it to yourself to be completely informed as to the panoply of technologies, installers, tax incentives, and financial options. Which is why I believe this Solar Buyer’s Guide is worth the cover price.
[+] Buy a copy of Solar Buyer’s Guide on Amazon.
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