Energy Independence is the essential guide to the most viable and affordable alternative energy solutions for the everyday consumer—including solar panels, wind generators, hydrogen fuel cells, wood, hydro-electric, geothermal heat pumps, and more. For all those seeking either to supplement their traditional fuel-burning furnace or to revamp their home, this book has what they need to get started. They'll learn about the most progressive and advanced options as well as tried and true energy conservation techniques. They'll learn how much each method costs, and how quickly they will recoup any investment.
Also including a chapter on alternative-fuel cars, this book has been revised and updated with the most recent stats, technology, costs, and advice. It is a must for anyone—urbanite, suburbanite, or rural dweller—who relies on traditional oil-burning sources but has decided it's high time to be proactive both about cutting fuel costs and achieving freedom from fossil fuel dependence.
Christine Woodside is an environmental reporter and award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Woman's Day, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Hartford Courant. She lives in Deep River, Connecticut.
An introduction and guide to accessible alternative energy sources for the everyday consumer