Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whetheryou’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a fewsolar components or you want to build a solar-powered house fromthe ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takesthe mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put itto work for you!
This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques formaking your home more energy-efficient though solar power—andhelping the planet at the same time. Plus, you’ll get all thelatest information on changes to federal, state, and localregulations, laws, and tax incentives that seek to make solar-poweradoption more feasible.
Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest DIY solar projects,Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the fun and easy wayto meet your energy needs with this clean power source!
As the price of energy continues to soar, so too has the demand for alternative energy. But there's no clear "winner" in the race to replace fossil fuels. Alternative Energy For Dummies explores the current fossil fuel conundrum and society's growing need for more and more energy. Cutting through the competing claims, this book offers a multifaceted examination of alternative energy, including solar, wind, nuclear, biomass, geothermal, biofuel, and other sources. Each alternative scenario is compared to current fossil-fuel intensive practices in the scientific, environmental, social, political, and economic realms. Readers also gain insight into the future of energy production.
Maybe you're not T. Boone Pickens, but you can build your ownhome-sized wind-power empire right in your back yard. Wind PowerFor Dummies supplies all the guidance you need to install andmaintain a sustainable, cost-effective wind generator to power yourhome for decades to come.
This authoritative, plain-English guide walks you through everystep of the process, from assessing your site and available windsources to deciding whether wind power is the solution for you,from understanding the mechanics of wind power and locating acontractor to install your system to producing your own affordableand sustainable electricity.Guides you step by step through process of selecting,installing, and operating a small-scale wind generator to poweryour homeDemystifies system configurations, terminology, and wind energyprinciples to help you speak the language of the prosHelps assess and reduce your energy needs and decide whetherwind power is right for youExplains the mechanics of home-based wind powerShows you how to tie into the grid and sell energy back to thepower companyOffers advice on evaluating all of the costs of and financingfor your projectProvides tips on working with contractors and complying withlocal zoning laws
Yes, you can do it, with a little help from WindPower For Dummies.
Electronics For Dummies, 3rd Edition is Packed with hundreds of colorful diagrams and photographs, this book provides step-by-step instructions for experiments that show you how electronic components work, advice on choosing and using essential tools, and exciting projects you can build in 30 minutes or less. You’ll get charged up as you transform theory into action in chapter after chapter!
• Circuit basics: learn what voltage is, where current flows (and doesn’t flow), and how power is used in a circuit.
• Critical components: discover how resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, and transistors control and shape electric current.
• Versatile chips: find out how to use analog and digital integrated circuits to build complex projects with just a few parts.
• Analyze circuits: understand the rules that govern current and voltage and learn how to apply them.
• Safety tips: get a thorough grounding in how to protect yourself—and your electronics—from harm.
Electronics For Dummies, 3rd Edition helps you explore the basic concepts of electronics with confidence — this book will get you charged up!
Designing and installing solar panel systems is a trend thatcontinues to grow. With 'green collar' jobs on the rise andhomeowners looking for earth-friendly ways to stretch their dollarsand lesson their carbon imprint, understanding photovoltaic designand installation is on the rise.
Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies givesyou a comprehensive overview of the history, physics, design,installation, and operation of home-scale solar-panel systems.You'll also get an introduction to the foundational mathematic andelectrical concepts you need to understand and work withphotovoltaic systems.Covers all aspects of home-scale solar-power systemsViable resource for professionals, students, and technicallaymenCan be used to study for the NABCEP exam
Whether you're a building professional looking to expand yourbusiness and skills to meet the growing demand for solar powerinstallation or are seeking a career in this rapidly expandingfield, Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummieshas you covered!
Your home requires regular maintenance to operate safely andefficiently. The expert advice in this second edition of HomeMaintenance For Dummies can help you save literally thousandsof dollars each year by showing you how to perform home maintenanceyourself!
This new edition provides the latest tips on how to tune up yourhome and make repairs to every room of the house, from basement toattic. By combining step-by-step instructions and expertinformation, this practical guide gives you the skills to tackleeverything from furnace tune-ups to leaky roofs. You'll also learnhow to conduct routine inspections, keep major appliances runningefficiently, and increase energy efficiency.Shows how to keep your home in tip-top shape, preserve itsvalue, and avoid costly repairsCovers all rooms of the house, in addition to the roof,foundation, and exteriorExplains how to keep all home systems and major appliancesrunning smoothlyIncludes a seasonal maintenance scheduleProvides the latest green maintenance options to help loweryour utility bills
James Carey and Morris Carey have a radio show, a newspapercolumn, and a Web site, all called On the House, and appearregularly on CBS News Saturday Morning. They are also theauthors of Home Remodeling For Dummies
If you've always wanted to tackle home repairs like a pro,Home Maintenance For Dummies, 2nd Edition is your idealresource!