Solar Rooftop DIY: The Homeowner's Guide to Installing Your Own Photovoltaic Energy System [EPUB]
28 October 2017, 15:15
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781581573985 | 34.71MB
The do-it-yourself guide for converting your home to solar power
Solar energy is clean, efficient, sustainable―and expensive. Or is it? Many homeowners simply assume that the cost of solar panels is out of their reach, but in reality, the technology is quickly becoming attainable for the middle class. Rather than leasing panels from one of those home solar startups (and letting them reap the financial benefits), why not join the thousands who are doing it themselves? In Solar Rooftop DIY, sustainable energy expert Mike Sullivan offers five design plans―ranging from a few simple panels to a complex, roof-covering array―for building a rooftop PV energy system for any home. Each plan has clear and detailed step-by-step photographs showing the installation process. Many of them require no additional labor―just a few days' commitment for the average weekend warrior. With energy costs only set to increase in the future, now is the time to make the switch to solar and start selling power back to the grid.
Building Small: Sustainable Designs for Tiny Houses & Backyard Buildings [EPUB]
26 October 2017, 21:46
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781440345463 | 84.21MB
Live large by building small!
Do you daydream about downsizing your living space? Or perhaps you long for a more eco-friendly and sustainable way of life. The tiny house movement continues to gain popularity as more and more people look to simplify their lives and reconnect with nature.
Building Small is your key to joining the tiny house revolution with designs for homes as well as a range of backyard buildings including workspaces and sheds. There's tons of practical how-to construction advice including best practices, common pitfalls and tips for the do-it-yourself carpenter. Within these pages you'll find:
- Complete plans for seven tiny houses
- Strategies for outfitting your tiny house with lighting, water, heating and waste removal
- Ideas for floor layout and interior design
- Success stories and inspirational photos of tiny homes
Whether you're considering a timber-framed cottage or a modular cube-style home, Building Small offers a wide range of approaches for planning and building your small structure.
Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: And How to Make Them [EPUB]
26 October 2017, 21:39
2011 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781616081348 | 47.26MB
Nineteenth-century building advice that is eminently practical in the twenty-first century. 330 b/w illustrations