The myths and facts about alternative fuels–and how they impact our lives
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.
Hands-on, practical solutions to save money by making smart energy changes
One of the best and most affordable strategies people can employ to combat global warming is to improve the energy and water efficiency of their homes. Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies provides homeowners with advice, tips, and projects to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency, and cut down on waste and pollution. After performing a do-it-yourself home energy audit, readers create an action plan based on their personal goals. Readers are presented with a wide range of potential solutions, from making better use of blinds and awnings to exploring geothermal options in order to reduce household costs and their impact on the planet.
Rik DeGunther (Rescue, CA) is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy consulting firm that focuses on home energy audits and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems.
The consumer guide to small-scale wind electricity production!
Maybe you’re not T. Boone Pickens, but you can build your own home-sized wind-power empire right in your back yard. Wind Power For Dummies supplies all the guidance you need to install and maintain a sustainable, cost-effective wind generator to power your home for decades to come.
This authoritative, plain-English guide walks you through every step of the process, from assessing your site and available wind sources to deciding whether wind power is the solution for you, from understanding the mechanics of wind power and locating a contractor to install your system to producing your own affordable and sustainable electricity.
Guides you step by step through process of selecting, installing, and operating a small-scale wind generator to power your home
Demystifies system configurations, terminology, and wind energy principles to help you speak the language of the pros
Helps assess and reduce your energy needs and decide whether wind power is right for you
Explains the mechanics of home-based wind power
Shows you how to tie into the grid and sell energy back to the power company
Offers advice on evaluating all of the costs of and financing for your project
Provides tips on working with contractors and complying with local zoning laws
Yes, you can do it, with a little help from Wind Power For Dummies.
A century ago little was known about the ancient Near
East, and that little had been transmitted by unreliable hands;
moreover, most of it came from a time which itself w^as much
later than the period in which the ancient Oriental nations
pla>’ed an all-important role. Only a few decades ago the
whole of Western Asia and Egypt were like an immense field
of ruins !>’ing in impenetrable silence, and the little we knew
about it came from the pen of a few Greek and Roman
writers, who on account of their foreign way of thinking, lack
of familiaritN- with the ps}’chology of the Oriental and their
inability to master the Oriental languages were little fitted to
become absolutely safe guides. They understood only that
which was similar to their own culture. The treasures of
Bab-lonia, Assyria, Asia Minor, Syria and Arabia had been
hidden awa>’ by fate; and Egypt had alread>’ undergone a
process of decay when the Greeks entered that country and
wrote down their cursory notices about the land and its people.
There were onh’ fragments miserable fragments by which
posterity could behold the ancient world.
The darkness has been lifted, thanks to untiring work of
Oriental scholars in Europe and America, who have worked
feverishlv during the last few decades. The daN’ has dawned
over the Orient, but though the morning-sun has appeared, it
very often hides itself behind dark clouds. Some of these
clouds will undoubtedl)’ be dispelled b’ later researches and
it will depend on the results of future excavations whether
the sun will reach its zenith at least in so far as the cultureland
of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers is concerned.