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Cut Your Energy Bills Now: 150 Smart Ways to Save Money & Make Your Home More Comfortable & Green Paperback – Bargain Price, December 9, 2008

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Bruce Harley is a noted expert on energy-efficient residential construction and renovation. A long-time engineer, he has helped diagnose and repair such varied problems as building air leakage, indoor air quality, HVAC system failures, plus combustion and moisture issues. Bruce has also led national seminars on energy-efficient residential construction, codes, building science, and mechanical systems.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Original edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600850707
  • ASIN: B002XUM0PI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the fifth grade I did a science fair project on solar power, which was fun and exciting: among other things, I put together a solar cell to charge a battery-powered matchbox car. After that, I didn't think very much about energy--until I started working for Conservation Services Group (CSG) in 1990.

After studying electrical engineering in college, and working for a few years designing circuits and writing software, I wanted to use my engineering skills to more directly promote social and/or environmental benefits. That's when I found CSG, and started doing energy audits and learning about the science of energy in buildings. Having a background in engineering and physics was essential for me to get up to speed quickly and really understand what I was doing.

Since then, I have built a solar-powered home, written three books on energy efficiency, and conducted hundreds of trainings on residential energy efficient design and renovation, energy ratings, energy codes, HVAC systems, and green building. I've been actively involved in RESNET as a board member (1999-2009) and on the technical committee (as chair from 2005-2009). And in my job at CSG, I help the people who run energy efficiency programs all over the country make smart decisions about how to help homeowners. This ranges from analyzing savings, answering questions about "how to", developing energy modeling/auditing software, doing research on developing technology, and applying a science-based approach to make sure that we achieve real savings in tens of thousands of homes every year. It's exciting work, and it's real--and the hands-on experience of over two decades is central to the how-to writing in my books.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott M. Kruse on December 16, 2008
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Detailed with lots of photographs for the average person. Systematic for doing a thorough tightening up of your home or office. Does not include a HERS energy audit or a Dulley Energy Efficiency Index inventory, but pretty much include most other things.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Snug, Warm Yankee on March 14, 2010
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This book is the best value out there. Because it explains in simple, easy to understand terms the most essential aspects that every person who lives in a dwelling should know about the way our choices about energy affect our homes. Get a copy for all your friends and they will thank you for years to come!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rocha on March 4, 2010
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With so much emphasis on energy saving and global warming these days, this book is a great reference for the average homeowner. Written in simple terms with easy-to-understand graphics, anyone can easily understand the causes of heat loss and cold air infiltration, and the solutions. Bruce Harley shows once again why he's one of the foremost experts in building science and energy conservation in America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cary Champlin on April 3, 2011
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In standard style, Amazon shows how much we save on the purchase price. For the 'The Home Energy Diet', that is only the beginning. Bruce Harley has provided an easy-to-understand practical approach by organizing this book as a descriptive and highly illustrated list of 150 ways to reduce energy costs.

Chapter 1 is titled, 'Think of Your House as One Big System'. The first item on the list is to understand your energy costs by reviewing your utility bill energy usage and cost history over the last year. Three charts are included that show the difference in average annual energy expenses by categories (heating, air conditioning, water heating, refrigerators, other appliances & lights) for cold climates, hot climates, and the national average.

Keep in mind that return on investment (ROI) should constrain what to install, what to replace, or what habit to change to reduce energy consumption. The question to ask is: What is the expected payback time from reduced energy consumption to recover the cost of this energy-saving investment? The shorter the time, the better. For me, less than a year is desired. I don't want to wait ten years to break even.

Chapter 2 has easy fixes to reduce the energy costs for operating small appliances and lighting. One important aspect of this chapter is measuring plug-in appliances for wasteful energy usage during non-use or standby modes of operation. For me, the garage door opener wasted the most electricity in this plug-in category.

Chapter 3 addresses energy costs for large appliances which account for nearly 40% of all home electric use nationwide.

Chapter 4 describes several techniques to reduce energy costs for providing hot water to a household.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2011
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This book covers the basics of energy conservation pretty well. If you want to save money on energy and you put 30% of what this book describes into practice you will definately see a savings.

The author could have done a better job of rating the difficulty of the upgrades. I think organizing the upgrades in order of difficulty and cost would make it an easier read and more people would impliment the solutions.

To be truely green it would have to be available on the Kindle. So I deduct 1 star.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. S. on December 30, 2010
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I have read many books in the past that describe ways to cut energy costs. This book has some of that same infomration, but it also includes new information I had not seen. Best of all, the information is laid out in a very easy to follow, logical manner. I was able to create a list of itmes I would need to accomplish each task. Very helpful!
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By Tuxxy on March 30, 2011
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I bought this for a gift for my friend who is always interested in learning about where to cut energy in her home. She has found it very informative and I have as well. Its an easy ready and although some areas do not pertain to everyone you will find some helpful hints....something to throw on your coffee table if you have company...trust me, someone is always interesting in finding a way to cut their electric bill.
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