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The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook: Slowing Climate Change and Saving Money Paperback – November 1, 2006

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About the Author

Godo Stoyke is President of Carbon Busters Inc., an energy efficiency consultancy that has reduced carbon dioxide emissions of buildings in North America and Europe by 121 million pounds, saving clients over US$16 million. An award-winning environmental presenter, Godo is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, and author of The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715691
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Godo Stoyke, B.Sc., M.Sc., LEED® A.P.

Godo Stoyke is an internationally acclaimed author and award-winning environmental researcher and presenter with a Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta. Godo is a lead designer for zero carbon buildings and community infrastructure, integrated eco-industrial design, zero carbon retrofit recommendations, and entity-based greenhouse gas management strategies. He is president of Carbon Busters (, a sustainability consultancy focusing on deep green sustainable integrated community planning, energy efficiency, zero carbon design, sustainability strategy, and environmental education. His company has been assisting municipalities, school boards and commercial enterprises in Canada, the US and Europe to reduce their carbon and ecological footprints since 1993, specializing in cost-effective solutions. Under Godo's leadership, Carbon Busters has received Gold Champion level reporting status for all its Greenhouse Gas Action Plans submitted to the Canadian Standards Association.
Through its self-funding energy program alone, Carbon Busters has saved its clients over 78 million kilograms of C02 and over $26.4 million in utility bills. Godo has been living in an off-grid solar powered home near Edmonton, Alberta for the last 21 years and is currently designing a zero carbon community in Leduc County, featuring 260 zero carbon homes and businesses. He has been a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional registered with the US Green Building Council since 2004. Godo has appeared on over 700 radio and television shows, sharing his expertise in the sustainability field. Godo's second book The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook was selected as a "Book that makes a difference" by Sustainable Future in April of 2007. His third book, The Carbon Charter describes the world's most innovative municipal and state initiatives towards a zero carbon society (New Society Publishers, August 2009). Godo was selected as one of 50 Canadians making a difference by Green Living Magazine in 2008. Carbon Busters was part of an international design team (Bjarke Ingels Group and the Rocky Mountain Institute, that was selected by the governments of Bavaria and Munich for a 2010 competition to create a zero-carbon/energy-plus Olympic Village for the proposed 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Munich. Godo is president and founding director of the 2011 non-profit corporation C Returns ({see-re-turns} "Cash, Carbon and Community";, whose mission is to green every home and community building in Alberta. C Returns was officially launched in April of 2012. He is currently working on a Ph.D. focusing on optimizing cold climate zero carbon building design for life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and economic cost at the Faculty of Environmental Design and the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the University of Calgary.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Hundert on February 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Godo Stoyke is a true master of bringing carbon reduction strategies into the hands of the everyday person. Backed by rigorous research, each suggestion in the book is worthy of consideration and completely achievable. Most professionals within the "green" technology industry are aware that market appeal lies in the wallet; to this effect, Mr. Stoyke has infused the book with money-saving tips that provide significant returns. Such an appeal will lead to implementable steps at reducing one's carbon footprint whilst being rewarded economically for sound decision making.

Due to this implementable nature, the book will appeal greatly to a wide audience, from the environmentally-aware to the fiscally-conservative.

Checking up on Carbon Busters (the research organization which Mr. Stoyke is a partner in) it is clear that professional accuracy is well within their means. I take heart in this, due to the wide proliferation of relatively ballooned perspectives that plague the enviro-informational space.

Bush's energy bill should make this book required reading! How many tons of carbon reduction per person would that initiate?! Likely enough to pull tanks out of the Middle East.

To the author: Well done sir.

Joseph L. Hundert


Biowest Energy Inc.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rogat Loeb on March 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This winter's storms made me realize how quickly global warming's impact is escalating. We need common solutions but we also need to do what's right as individuals. What's great about this book is that it walks us through the process and even allows us to save money in the process. Just a handful of the book's simple and almost costless suggestions will save me several hundred dollars a year. And it gives a great perspective on which of the larger investments to undertake, and how they pay back in both dollars and carbon savings. I've already recommended this book to a dozen friends and will be recommending it to more.

It's the best handbook I know for immediate practical steps that any of us can take to save energy.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Steeves on May 12, 2007
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The positivism inherent in the title (The Carbon-buster's Home Energy Handbook) carries through to the text and tables which are dramatically informative and easily understood. Mr. Stoyke has done our planet an enormous service by showing the rest of us how to be kinder to our unique home. This book should be read by every home-owner and potential car-buyer.
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