Solar power can
be a little confusing. But there are some good resources for
the average Joe on the internet:
has been around a long time selling solar products for
consumers. Of all the books on the market oriented toward the
beginner, their Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook is
one of the best. You can sign up for their newsletter to keep
up to date. Their
Solar Living Center
in Hopland, CA is one of the best places to visit to learn
Find Solar is a good central website to help you find a
contractor and make some rough estimates of costs.
Electric House by Steven Strong is considered the best
book available to help you plan a system for your home.
The American Solar Energy Society
promotes solar in the US. They
Solar Today Magazine,
which is excellent.
Energy Star is a great place to learn about energy
efficient appliances, as well as things like programmable
thermostats and compact fluorescent light bulbs. They also
have a criteria for new home construction, with resources to
help build an Energy Star home, including approved