Energy prices continue to increase: no change to this situation appears on the horizon. In "How to Solar Power Your Home" those wondering if this is a good option for them have a powerful tool for investigation. I'm recommending this book due to three specific factors: education, honesty, and effectiveness.Educating readers leads many authors down the path of droning, boring prose. Fortunately, Ms. Maeda doesn't fall into this trip. The information about the history or solar power, the pending developments and concerns for someone considering this option are concise, specific, and written to be engaging enough so you can stay on the ride for the duration.A basic education regarding solar power is clearly needed to make a reasonable choice and complete a successful project. Therefore the educational aspects of the book pair well with the honesty displayed. This book does not set out to convince readers that solar power is the ultimate answer to the questions of affordable, clean power.In many cases you'll learn what qualities mean an installation is not a good idea versus those situations that are a good match for adding or changing to solar technology. The level of honesty, or reality, presented is one of my favorite qualities of this book. If you have a low tolerance for hype and marketing nonsense, you'll find much to be appreciated in these pages.Not every location, home or person is a good match for the process of installing and using solar technology. Fortunately, you'll have a better idea if you should move forward with a project thanks to reading the book. You can see how this dovetails with the effectiveness of the book. A variety of checklists, instructions and insights guide you to making your best decision and getting started on the process.Ms. Maeda even covers specifics with the potential to limit your qualification for rebates and other benefits through the process. Many people who want to add solar to their home or property many have little or no experience with contractors and building projects. As clearly established, a solar installation is a big deal. You don't have to start the process blind if you take advantage of the information and suggestions included in the book.Even if you decide now is not the time to pursue solar power for your personal needs, $24.95 (retail) price of the book is an inexpensive way to find this answer. It's also much cheaper than spending hundreds on assessments, consultations or thousands of dollars on a failed installation. Do-it-yourself books rarely come of my desk with 5-star rating. I'm pleased to say this one is the exception that proves the rule. "How to Solar Power Your Home" has earned a permanent home on my well-stocked shelves.

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