• ‘TURN THE PAGE’ Fri 4/26/13 recommended book

    On Earth Day Author, Energey Auditor, and Consultant  Paul Scheckel joined us for a conversation about home energy efficiency.  Paul lives ‘off the grid’ in Vermont in a solar- and wind-powered house.  While his book details how you can do that too he is quick to point out the living ‘off the grid’ isn’t for everyone.  He devoted the first half of  “THE HOMEOWNER’S ENERGY HANDBOOK”  to easy to read helpful information that is for everyonoe to help you save money and live more efficiently.  To that end, if you are looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid, this book is for you.  Paul 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!