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Overview

Practical and reader-friendly, the SMART GRID HOME explains how the average homeowner can adapt and retrofit an existing residence to take advantage of the energy and cost saving technology now available as part of the development of the Smart Grid. Topics covered include reducing home energy consumption by eliminating heat loss and heat transfer, reducing the power-on time of electronics and other power equipment without loss of convenience, automating home electrical systems to maximize energy conservation, evaluating electrical devices for energy efficiency, developing energy conservation strategies for replacing inefficient appliances, and timing the use of electricity in the home to save both energy and money. Throughout each chapter, the reader is provided with the information needed to take advantage of utility and government incentive programs to offset some or all of the cost. Coverage also includes the selection and installation of renewable energy source electrical generating systems such as photovoltaic solar generating systems, solar water heating systems, and wind turbine generating systems. In addition, the book describes how these home-based renewable energy systems can be connected to the smart grid so that the homeowner will be paid by the public utility.

Quentin Wells, Salt Lake Community College

Quentin Wells has worked and taught in the video production and computer areas since 1970. Formerly general manager of Career Research Corporation and FilmWorks, an audio visual company, Wells holds a degree in Political Science and has written numerous instructional and training manuals as well as more than 75 documentary and educational video programs. He has trained teachers and administrators in school districts and colleges across the country. In addition to technical writing, he has also published a novel based on his early career as a CIA officer. Now retired, Wells most recently worked as Student Media Center Director at Salt Lake Community College.
  • Contains full instructions for measuring whole house and individual appliance electrical use, multiple methods for reducing electrical power consumption, and tips for upgrading to more efficient electrical devices.
  • Describes how to evaluate home heat loss and heat transfer and how to reduce both by upgrading insulation, sealing the home against air leaks, upgrading windows and doors, and maximizing the use of passive solar energy.
  • Explains how to select and install small renewable energy source electrical generating systems (photovoltaic and wind turbine) to produce electricity for home use and to sell to the local utility for cash or as an offset to electricity costs.
  • Each chapter includes an introduction, key terms and phrases, an end-of-chapter summary, and review questions in order to help the reader understand the technology of smart grid home design and retain all the important information presented.
  • Contains energy and cost-saving strategies that can be implemented by the average homeowner at minimum cost to both new and older homes.
1. Introduction to the Smart Grid.
2. Smart Meters and in Home Displays.
3. Developing a Home Energy Efficiency Plan.
4. Developing a Home Energy Efficiency Plan– Part 2.
5. Upgrade Home Energy Efficiency by Reducing Heat Transfer.
6. Taming the Energy Hogs in your Home.
7. Energy Efficiency Lighting and Entertainment Systems.
8. Home Automation and Lighting Control.
9. Solar Power for Your Home.
10. Wind Turbine Power for your Home.

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  • ISBN-10: 1285205227
  • ISBN-13: 9781285205229
  • STARTING AT $13.49

  • ISBN-10: 1111318514
  • ISBN-13: 9781111318512
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $66.50
  • RETAIL $87.95

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Smart Grid Home

ISBN: 9781111318512
Practical and reader-friendly, the SMART GRID HOME explains how the average homeowner can adapt and retrofit an existing residence to take advantage of the energy and cost saving technology now available as part of the development of the Smart Grid. Topics covered include reducing home energy consumption by eliminating heat loss and heat transfer, reducing the power-on time of electronics and other power equipment without loss of convenience, automating home electrical systems to maximize energy conservation, evaluating electrical devices for energy efficiency, developing energy conservation strategies for replacing inefficient appliances, and timing the use of electricity in the home to save both energy and money. Throughout each chapter, the reader is provided with the information needed to take advantage of utility and government incentive programs to offset some or all of the cost. Coverage also includes the selection and installation of renewable energy source electrical generating systems such as photovoltaic solar generating systems, solar water heating systems, and wind turbine generating systems. In addition, the book describes how these home-based renewable energy systems can be connected to the smart grid so that the homeowner will be paid by the public utility.

Instructor's Resource

ISBN: 9781111318529
The Instructor Resources commonly includes PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor's Manual, and other text-specific resources.

FOR STUDENTS

Smart Grid Home

ISBN: 9781111318512
Practical and reader-friendly, the SMART GRID HOME explains how you can adapt and retrofit an existing residence to take advantage of the energy and cost saving technology now available as part of the development of the Smart Grid. Topics covered include reducing home energy consumption by eliminating heat loss and heat transfer, reducing the power-on time of electronics and other power equipment without loss of convenience, automating home electrical systems to maximize energy conservation, evaluating electrical devices for energy efficiency, developing energy conservation strategies for replacing inefficient appliances, and timing the use of electricity in the home to save both energy and money. Throughout each chapter the information needed to take advantage of utility and government incentive programs to offset some or all of the cost is provided. Coverage also includes the selection and installation of renewable energy source electrical generating systems such as photovoltaic solar generating systems, solar water heating systems, and wind turbine generating systems. In addition, the book describes how these home-based renewable energy systems can be connected to the smart grid so that as a homeowner, you will be paid by the public utility.