DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home by Eric Smith is a book I received just recently and got to review for Home and Living Readers. This is THE book to have if you are serious about using solar power in your home, either new construction or as an add-on to an existing home.
Sun power makes sense because it is non-polluting, free, has no toxic waste and with this type of energy there is no meltdown, it is cost-effective and never runs out. If you are serious about creating a life that is eco-conscious, DIY Solar Projects is an important guide to have. I didn’t realize that there are different ways to harness the sun’s power but, basically, you can produce electricity using photovoltaics or PV collectors. To help offset the costs, there are renewable energy rebates and tax credits so don’t forget to collect and save your documentation. I especially liked the example on page 21, which features installed panels over a deck as an architectural element that both provides shade and generates electricity.
DIY Solar Projects has step-by-step photographic essays on how to construct a variety of projects from a simple solar oven to a standalone water heater, and, of course, ways to collect roof power for heat, water, light and more.
In this book’s 160 pages are 321 color photos to help to illustrate important principles. Close-ups of wiring, and even a list of tools and how-to-assemble instructions are included. In the back of the book is a resource guide, a glossary of terms, conversions from metric to standard measurements, a heat scale and an index.
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home by Eric Smith, Creative Publishing International, 2011, Retail $21.99.