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Book Review: ‘The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook: Your Guide To Getting Off The Grid’ by Paul Scheckel

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The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook:Your Guide To Getting Off The Grid by Paul Scheckel is a practical book on how to reduce home energy costs using a variety of methods. It’s important to many to reduce energy usage to lessen their carbon footprint and stabilize energy costs.

The author discusses various energy sources including solar, wind, hydroelectric power and food waste reuse.

For those to whom it seems complicated it’s worth contemplating the fact that energy conservation and creation in the home increases resilience during and after natural disasters, when whole cities can experience power outages. In addition, a decentralized power creation capability by consumers insulates them from price rises in the market.

The author discusses various ways to create power using simple tools in the home. For instance, a passive hot water heating system relies on a naturally induced thermosipon to transport heated fluid from a solar collector and a water storage tank. Outdoor wood boilers may also be employed for heating purposes.

The book discusses a number of ways to insulate a home from the elements. A thermal boundary that creates a barrier is vital. Escapes like air leaks from vents can be plugged. In addition, the attic hatch can be insulated, as well as the chimney.

The The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook:Your Guide To Getting Off The Grid  is an important operating resource for homeowners looking to redesign energy conservation enhancements into the existing building structure. The ideas contained are unique and fairly easy to implement. The cost of the book is modest in comparison to the possible savings.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.