Green building is a hot topic. The best way to start a new green building home project is by doing the research. Building and remodeling resource books can help the home owner be prepared for the big project. Uneducated and uninformed consumers are the ones who usually end up spending too much money on something they may ultimately regret.
In today’s environmentally conscious world, many home owners want to go green. Be warned that green building can be more expensive at the onset, but it should save the home owner plenty of money in the long run. As energy and building materials continue to rise in cost, getting in on the green trend now will probably make a lot of sense to the savvy homesteader.
Solar Energy is a very hot topic these days. As an alternative electric choice, there is a huge amount of interest in this burgeoning technology. The fastest way to get educated is to hit the search engine of choice and plug in the keywords that fit your needs. Try “solar electric,” “solar power,” or “solar homes.” See what you get. If you prefer to curl up with a good book, plenty of those are available, too.
If puttering around Barnes and Nobles doesn’t sound so good, try Construction Book Express at http://constructionbook.com. Their resources serve both the professional builder and the home owner. They offer several consumer books on solar energy. Steven J. Strong’s “The Solar Electric House” offers guidelines in solar design for the residential building. “Solar House,” by Terry Galloway is really meant for the architect or contractor, but DIY builders will find it helpful, too. Gary Keller’s “Green Your Home” is a great book for guiding the existing homeowner towards sustainability and increasing equity.
This is just a start, but it’s definitely worth the exploration.