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Part III: Doing It Yourself: Smalt – and Medium-Sized Projects

This part dives into solar power projects that you can start with right now, today. I describe a lot of interesting and useful little gadgets and small systems that can make your life easier and more fun. Regardless of how ambitious your solar aspirations may be, this is a good place to start

Part IV: Home Solar Projects: Getting a Little Help from Your Friends

Part IV gets into larger projects that cost more money. I give advice on deciding whether to do a project yourself or to hire a contractor, and I give advice on how to hire someone. Greenhouses and solar rooms have some fundamentals that are consistent with all projects that you need to understand, so I cover the basics of what you need to know...

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How This Book Is Organized

This book has seven parts. Without further ado, here are the parts of the book and what they contain.

Part 1: Playing the Energy Game

In this part, you find info on doing a home energy audit so that you can under­stand exactly how and where you use energy in your home. I also give you a guide to making improvements in your house so your energy consumption’s more efficient.

Part II: Understanding Solar

Just the Facts, Ma’am

For most users, this part may be the most difficult to read because the tech­nical and financial concepts can be elusive. Hang in there — understanding


Подпись: 3the nuts and bolts can make it easier to make the right decisions later on...

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Conventions Used in This Book

For simplicity’s sake, this book follows a few conventions:

Italicized terms are immediately followed by definitions.

Bold indicates the action parts in numbered steps. It also emphasizes the keywords in a bulleted list.

Web addresses show up in monofont.

When this book was printed, some Web addresses may have needed to break across two lines of text. Rest assured that I haven’t put in any extra characters (such as hyphens) to indicate the break. Just type in exactly what you see in this book, pretending as though the line break didn’t exist.

Foolish Assumptions

Here are some things I assume about you:

You want to add a solar component to your home. I assume that you’ve already decided to move but aren’t really sure which is the best direction or the best speed...

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olar Power Your Home For Dummies can help you turn your inspirations into reality without losing your shirt or your sanity. With this book — and with some good, hard work and perseverance on your part — you can achieve the laudable goal of installing solar power equipment at your home.

About This Book

This book provides you with an ample solar knowledge base and lets you apply that info through do-it-yourself projects — or through hiring others to do the work for you. I use plain English to the extent possible, breaking complex tech­nical concepts down into bite-sized pieces. But my goal is always to help you navigate the maze of solar technology as efficiently and sensibly as possible.

Every house is different. Climates are different, even in areas separated by a couple of miles...

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Author’s Acknowledgments

Many thanks to all those who have contributed to the material in this book, whether wittingly or not: Dick and Betty DeGunther, Professor Mitchell Weissbluth, Professor A. J. Fedro, Professor Lamb, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Leland Stanford, Mike Pearcy, Jordan Cobb, Eric Micko, Vikki Berenz, Connie Cowan, Betsy Sanders, Jim DeGunther, Sarah Nephew, Freddie Mercury, Dave DeGunther, Chuck Albertson, Tilly Baldwin, Joe and Marcia Schauer, and Kim and Gary Romano of Sierra Valley Farms. Thanks to Robin Harp (Ric Manes and Reuben Veek) and the crew at Solarecity in Roseville, CA, for educating me on the tricks of the solar trade. Thanks to Dr. Keith Kennedy and Watkins-Johnson Company for showing restraint above and beyond the call of duty...

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About the Author

Rik DeGunther attended the University of Illinois as an undergraduate and Stanford University as a graduate student, studying both applied physics and engineering economics (some of this education actually stuck!). Over the course of an engineering career, he worked as a project engineer, project manager, and product designer...

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