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Library Hours

Monday – Thursday7:45 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - SundayCLOSED



Summer Hours


Monday – Thursday7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday - SundayCLOSED
Closed Campus Holidays
Memorial Day Monday, May 30
Independence Day Monday, July 4

Alternative Energy Resources

See online at (Books.Google.Com or https://www.worldcat.org/ for reviews and library locations)

  • Anderson, Bruce and Wells, Malcolm.”Passive Solar Energy — The Homeowner’s Guide to Natural Heating and Cooling”, 2005, A down-to-earth free online book, 160 pages http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/SolarHomes/PasSolEnergyBk/PSEbook.htm
    Austin Energy “Green Building Sustainable Building Source book”, 2011. 50+ pages, On-Line book by a power company, few pictures, lots of ideas, sort of like the LEED building program.
  • Austin Energy “Green Building Sustainable Building Source book”, 2011. 50+ pages, On-Line book by a power company, few pictures, lots of ideas, sort of like the LEED building program.
    https://my.austinenergy.com/wps/wcm/connect/9b25ff80433371fdaa03ebac1623868e/7steps.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
  • Balcomb J. Douglas,” Passive Solar Buildings, 1992, 500+ pages, 36 chapters, Balcomb’s compendium of 70-80s solar research. NMSU Library, Las CrucesChiras, Dan, “The Solar House, Passive Heating and Cooling”, 2002, Holloman Base LibraryCrosbie, Michael J., “The Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook”, 1997, Wiley, 300+ pages
    (construction details) “Library Loan “Thomas Branigan Library, Las Cruces)Georgia Builder’s very complete guide to efficient houses 150+ pages http://www.southface.org/ez/media/georgiabuildersguide.pdf
  • Chiras, Dan, “The Solar House, Passive Heating and Cooling”, 2002, Holloman Base Library
  • Crosbie, Michael J., “The Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook”, 1997, Wiley, 300+ pages (construction details) “Library Loan “Thomas Branigan Library, Las Cruces)
  • Georgia Builder’s very complete guide to efficient houses. 150+ pages. www.southface.org/ez/media/georgiabuildersguide.pdf
  • Luce, Ben, “Passive Solar Design Guidelines for Northern New Mexico “, 2004, 30 p. of Balcomb’s expertise, http://www.nmsea.org/Education/Homeowners/Detailed_Passive_Solar_Guidelines.php
  • Mazria, Edward, “The Passive Solar Energy Book, A complete guide to Passive Solar Homes” 1979, 400+ pages, Oldie but goodie, Alamogordo Public Library.Southface Home energy DIY projects, 86 pages. download http://www.southface.org/ez/media/homeenergyprojects.pdf
  • Southface Home energy DIY projects, 86 pages download
    http://www.southface.org/ez/media/homeenergyprojects.pdf
  • Theis, T.& Tomkin J., Ed “Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation” 2015, 500+pages, free download college textbook, many authors U of Illinois, Undergraduate text, Very comprehensive. Free
    By chapters : http://legacy.cnx.org/content/col11325/1.43
    Whole book: http://cnx.org/donate/download/1741effd-9cda-4b2b-a91e-003e6f587263@43.5/pdf
  • Tickell, Joshua, “From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank” Guide to Using Veg. Oil as an Alternative Fuel, 2000, 160 pages. How to DIY Biodiesel. Alamogordo Public Library. 629.2538
  • TickWiles, John, “Photo Voltaic Power Systems and the National Electrical Code – Suggested Practices” 2010, 149 pages, rules for wiring PV, http://www.nmsu.edu/~tdi/Photovoltaics/Codes-Stds/PVnecSugPract.html

Local Library book, see author Tickell under Books category

  • http://mackintosh.aud.ucla.edu/heed/ (HEED:
    Home Energy Efficient Design; free house energy program from UCLA. And free relatively local weather included. 2010, for Windows. Looks
    complete and complicated.)
  • http://www.wbdg.org/resources/energyanalysis.php (Nat. Inst. of Building Sciences is a giant URL about whole building design, & long articles on types, sources, predicted results (2011) Looks difficult.)
  • https://analysis.nrel.gov/homer/ (Nat. Renewable Energy Laboratory’s HOMER program for electricity analysis to find the best possible combination of alternative electricity.)
  • http://www.copenhagendiagnosis.com/download/default.html
    Updating the World on the Latest Climate Science, 26 scientists, free download.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE6Kdo1AQmY
    The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See, YouTube video, or read Mr. Greg Craven’s follow-on book “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response” at Alamogordo Public Library
  • http://greenfiretimes.com/
    Santa Fe, NM monthly news (& on-line) Green Newspaper.
  • Hansen, J.E., “Storms of my Grandchildren : the truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity”, 2009, Alamogordo Public Library.
  • McKibben, B. “Eaarth : making a life on a tough new planet”, 2010, Alamogordo Public Library.

Data, SW Weather, Averages, Historical

In Otero County – Alamogordo – Tularosa:

  • John Kloepper, shelka04@yahoo.com 575.443.6157 Purchase PV hardware wholesale, not an installer
  • Rod Sims, http://simsgreenenergy.com/ 575.551.1662 Inspections for efficient buildings, green plans
  • Ed. Baker, Building Specialties 575.437.5055 Master Carpenter, Passive solar
  • Otero County Habitat for Humanity 575.437.6562 Builds Energy Star, & NM Green Built silver small houses
  • Rentschler Electric Co. Installs PV & wind 575.446.9140 161 Hwy 82, ALM rentschler@zianet.com

Does business in Otero County:
See Electricity, PV (Photo Voltaic) Equipment, Hardware below

  • http://www.hersindex.com/articles/
    Home Energy Rating System (HERS Index) provides a relative energy for buildings. A HERS Index of 100 represents the energy use of the “American Standard Building,” and an index of zero indicates that the proposed building uses no net purchased energy (a zero energy building).
  • http://www.homeinnovation.com/
    Giant URL with all sorts of research and ideas about residential building types. This Home Innovation Research Labs is a commercial subsidiary of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Check out the Green tab also.
  • http://www.NMSolar.org/
    New Mexico Solar Energy Association, State wide organizations, (Alamogordo branch meets every (info on fact sheets, workshops, contractor listing, conventions, etc)
  • http://www.ases.org/ (National – American Solar Energy Society, big multifasited organzation, their mag is SolarToday.)
  • http://www.solarenergy.org/ (Solar Energy International,
    Carbondale, CO, Solar Education.)

(Also look under Electricity, PV and in Books under Wiles for more on these codes

  • AAA Solar Supply Inc: 2021 Zearing Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, 505.243.0885 Solar in Albuquerque, Between Old Town and I-40 New and Used.
  • http://www.bergey.com/ (Wind Power retail, Norman , OK, many
    details about costs, siting and payback.)
  • http://www.affordable-solar.com/ (Wholesale Albuquerque Solar Electricity Store.)

These URLS courtesy of NMSU-A Community Education Dept, and NMSEA-Alamogordo Chapter.