Member of the Week: Vince Hough, author of Residential Solar Energy

Vince HoughName: Vince Hough

Book Title: Residential Solar Energy: Your Guide to Whether Solar Will Save You Money

Your book’s Amazon purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3O1J81

 What is your book about?

The book is a guide for homeowners as to whether going solar can save them energy on their homes.

What inspired you to write your book?

I have been studying energy efficiency and conservation at my local community college. In looking at solar energy for homes, I came to the conclusion that it was very difficult for the average homeowner to decide whether going solar would save them money. So I wrote this book with a goal of enabling homeowners to accurately evaluate solar with the expectation that, as a result, more people would decide that solar makes sense for them.

Residential Solar EnergyCan you describe your writing process?

I started by making an outline of everything that a homeowner should know about the complex questions surrounding whether solar energy would save them money. I then put all of the topics in a logical order to bring people up to the learning curve about solar. I finished with a chapter that summarizes all of the key points in the book that would guide a homeowner to deciding whether solar energy would save them money on their home energy costs. 

How did you come to do what you’re doing today?

I retired a couple of years ago and decided to dedicate myself to energy conservation in view of the great risks posed by climate change and global warming.

Can you describe a typical day in your life?

I do a lot of reading and research every day. I then make time for recreational activities and supporting my family and friends.

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

I enjoy having the freedom to work on what I want, as opposed to what my employer needs, which was my focus before retirement.

Are there any people and/or books that have inspired you along your journey?

Too may to mention! 

Can you share something that people may be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up in upstate NY next to a large farm. We started our own vegetable garden and when I was 9 years old, I used to sell vegetables around the neighborhood with my little red wagon. I became very attached to nature, and a clean environment as a result.

What’s next for you?

I am looking at writing up a follow-up book to address what results from the current presidential administration’s environmental policy.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for this opportunity!

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