What good is bibliographical information?

That is a really good question. The purpose of my bibliography is to further the scholarship in this topic. If I give everyone access to the sources I use, it helps them understand that, first of all, I am a credible source (AKA not plagarizing), and then they can also read the sources I use, and maybe use my work and scholarship for their project!

Why annotate it?

I annotate (AKA add notes to) my bibliography because it helps anyone glancing at my bibliography to get a brief idea of what I gained from the text. It is simply another way of forwarding scholarship.

For more information on this you can go to The Perdues Online Writing Lab's page on Annotated Bibliographies! (link opens in new window).

My ("in the works") Annotated Bibliography and Cited Sources

Visit the "Paper" page to see the paper, and the works cited page.

Books / Paper

Bridgewater, Alan, and Gill Bridgewater. Renewable Energy for Your Home: Using Off-Grid Energy to Reduce Your Footprint, Lower Your Bills and be More Self-Sufficient. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2009. Print. This book was semi-helpful. It gave a lot of facts that I had already known, however the detailed instructions and schematics were worthwhile. One thing that made the book unhelpful was that it was for new houses, or houses that are still in a design stage; My house is a 100 year old Victorian.

Chiras, Daniel D.. The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass And Hydropower (Mother Earth News Wiser Living). Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2006. Print.
-This book covers a large amount of information directed toward homeowners who wish to incorporate/learn about
renewable energy for their home. I think this will definitely be a source I keep going back too.

Kemp, William H.. The Renewable Energy Handbook: A Guide to Rural Energy Independence, Off-grid And Sustainable Living. Ontario, Canada : Aztext Press, 2005. Print. This is one of my "glory sources." It gives wonderful information in a concise and easy to understand language. It pairs a comprehensive introduction to sustainable energy with instructions and plans on how to apply energy efficiency. Very Helpful, and highly reccomended.

Muller, Richard. Physics for Future Presidents. unknown: Custom Publishing, 2006. Print.
-Okay, this book was great. Muller went in depth into science and how it all works and comes together in the modern age. If you are an Average Joe and are in/have completed High School, I am sure this book will be of great help to you. He covers many things, but I really liked and focused on the sections about energy. He went over all types of energy, from coal fired, solar, wind, etc. Then talked about sustainability. Great book, easy read, simple and to the point.

Hawkins and Staff. Hawkins Electrical Guide. Revised Second Edition ed. New York: Theo, Audel & Co., 1917. Print.
-This one is interesting. I wanted to really get a look at energy and electricity. let's be honest: it really does serve us! This book really looked at electricity as a tool and answered a lot of questions about it. And gave me good food for thought about our attitude toward electricity and energy. The scientific information is a little dated, but it was fun reading a book where they still thought an atom was indivisible... This book is actually now in the Public Domain, Read it at http://books.google.com/books?id=-ZFEAAAAIAAJ

Stein, Kathy. Beyond Recycling: A Re-user's Guide: 336 Practical Tips to Save Money and Protect the Environment. Ithaca, NY: Clear Light Books, 1997. Print.
-This book was interesting and helpful. She goes over the ways you can recycle things and give them a new life. I think this book is a useful manual for quick and easy "green" ideas. She also cites sources at the end of each section that can lead to more findings. It is too bad the book came out in 1997, so she does not cite the internet ever. It helped me know what type of information is out there, and gave me some cool ideas for some products I actually need to recycle but wasn't sure how to.

Walisiewicz, Marek. Alternative Energy (Essential Science Series). 1st ed. New York: DK ADULT, 2002. Print.
-This book is rather basic. It gives general information about several types of renewable energy technology, as well as alternative energy technology (such as nuclear fusion and nuclear fission). It gives scientific data and facts. At times I have wondered if some of the facts are already out-dated because the book was published in 2002.

My (my parent's) home energy bills. Water bills. I plan on going back a few years.
-The reason why I will do this is to understand my own/my homes energy use. You can probably see mine if I make copies public, but looking at your own might be more useful. Also I plan on comparing this with National Home Energy use averages.

Laird, Frank N.. Solar Energy, Technology Policy, and Institutional Values. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Print. -Laird discusses policy in particular but goes into the energy crisis to some depth. His scope is different than mine, but his research on history is helpful.


Ball, Richard, Ross Cullen, and Christopher Gan. "The Diffusion of Energy Efficiency Innovations among Residential Energy Consumers." New Zealand Economic Papers 33.1 (1999): 115. Questia. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. This scientific journal provided me with a great piece of thought: do people think they are being as energy efficient as possible? It helped me understand how to approach the people of the world in the problem of energy efficiency. The bibliography therin is also helpful.

Online Sources

Energy Star -This site is really incredible. It is a government run program and is a fusion of The Department of Energy and The U.S. Environmental Protection agency. They certify electronics that reach certain standards. I am going to be working with this website a lot. A lot, a lot, a lot. I highly recommend checking out the information on the website. Whether you are a home owner, a buisness owner, or a curious person, Energy Star has some really helpful information about efficient energy usage.

How Stuff Works, Okay, Okay. So this might not be an academic source. That is okay. At the end of any of the articles on this website, you will find a bibliography. The bibliographies in the backs of these articles can give you some good information, and give you a good place to start looking for things.

Instructables - This website is a great resource. It is an online community where people post instructions for any project you could imagine. There are instructions for solar panels, biodiesel processors, solar power station plans, etc. This is also a helpful site for me for evaluating how easy it is for people to complete a project. Check it out!

Potential Original Sources

I think this is the part that will really define my project. And that this is where I will really get to see Greengineering in action and speculation.

-Everyday People. Because you are what this is about. Is Greengineering a realistic goal for everyone? I would like to think so, but how many of you are willing to take on the challenge?

-Engineers of "green tech." Because they are the ones that have designed what I intend to use. What goes into making these Sustainable Technologies? And who are the people working at Energy Star? What are our Tax dollars doing?

-People who are already working on Greengineering related topics. Maybe this is the homeowner who bought solar panels and installed them, or the biodiesel maker, or the owner of a large recycling company based in Boston. I need to understand what makes Green Technologies tick. Both as scientific pieces and how people incorperate them in their lives, and at what costs and how easy it is.

-Myself and my family. Okay, mom and dad. I will say it. I really am sick of hearing about energy bills. So lets do something about it. And I want to know why we haven't really done much yet. And if I install green technologies in my home, how easy is it? what cost will it come at for the average joe?

-Mr. Chinosi; Because I think he would have a lot to say about greengineering, and a lot of insight on the philosophies around it.