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.