The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook


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The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook: Your Guide to Getting Off the Grid

Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, use renewable energy, 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 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!

Softcover, 288 pages.


About the Author

Paul Scheckel is an energy auditor and consultant who has visited more than 3,000 homes, educating people about energy efficiency, cost-effective improvements, and indoor air quality. His articles have appeared in such publications as Mother Earth News, Home Power, and Vermont Life, and he contributes a monthly energy and environment column to two state-wide newspapers. A frequent radio guest, Scheckel has also appeared twice as a guest expert on the acclaimed television show “Ask this Old House.” He lives off-grid in northern Vermont with his family in a solar- and wind-powered house.

A “hands-on, off-grid” homesteader, and energy efficiency and renewable energy professional, Paul’s writing comes from professional experience and personal ppassion. Energy auditor, consultant, renewable energy system installer, electric car converter, master of gaining experience the hard way. He is a frequent presenter at efficiency and renewable energy conferences, has been a guest on various radio shows, and takes on new experiences in part to have the opportunity to write about them! He walks the talk, harvesting energy for his off-grid home powered by wind, sun, wood, vegetable oil, and sometimes even homemade biogas. Paul is available to present or offer workshops at your sustainable energy event!

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Weight 32.2 oz