Great Book On Solar Hot Water Heating

Solar Hot Water Systems: Lessons Learned 1977 to Today, by Tom Lane.

210 pp., spiral bound, © 2004. $43 from Energy Conservation Services, Gainesville, Florida

My friend Michael Gaspers turned me on to this book. Michael is a carpenter, contractor, and engineer and has for over 30 years been building energy-efficient structures whenever and wherever possible. He really likes this book. Author Tom Lane is a heavily-experienced solar hot water person and this is a book dense with information about state-of-the-art solar hot water devices for homes and pools. Lane points out that while photovoltaic solar electricity-generating systems have recently caught the public’s attention, solar hot water systems save way more kilowatt hours for each dollar invested: “…for every $20-30 spent on a PV system, you can save the same amount (of KW hours) for $1 spent on a solar water system.” This is a serious book, ideal for contractors, but also for owner-builders seeking the latest information on the subject.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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