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Ramsey – Idiot

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Solar Power for Your Home (second edition) by Dan Ramsey with David Hughes

What is it?

One of the latest in the popular Idiot’s Guide series (published by Penguin Group) helps readers understand the basics of solar power and other renewable energy sources, determine if solar power is an option for them, and investigate what’s involved with installing various on- and off-grid systems.

How’s it work?

Organized in easy-to-understand chapters, the book discusses: Advantages and disadvantages along with costs and benefits of solar power.

How to estimate solar energy needs.

Solar electrical generation.

Solar water heating and solar space heating.

Solar power and the rest of the home (appliances, insulation, windows, etc.). Solar systems (complete, supplemental, emergency and portable).

Buying solar systems and components.

Hiring the right contractor to install your solar system.

What’s good about it?

Provides information on state rebate and incentive programs. Includes photographs and diagrams as well as facts about the latest solar products. Explores how technology is driving down the cost of residential solar systems.

Price: $19.95, visit

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