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Energy Efficiency Manual: for everyone who uses energy, pays for utilities, designs and builds, is interested in energy conservation and the environment [Hardcover]

by Donald R. Wulfinghoff
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Book Description

March 2000 0965792676 978-0965792677
This is the primary reference, how-to guide, and sourcebook for energy conservation. It lets you improve efficiency and save money in all types of buildings and plants, ranging from individual houses to commercial buildings to large institutions and industrial plants. It is organized around 400 logically grouped energy conservation actions, presented in language that everyone understands.

It's for everyone who uses energy, pays for utilities, manages property, operates energy systems, designs, builds, and values conservation and the environment. It's loaded with features that help you quickly find the right information for each application. "Ratings" and "Selection Scorecards" identify your best conservation opportunities. "Traps & Tricks" ensure success. "Economics" estimate savings and costs. It has been acclaimed by professional and non-technical users. Publishers Weekly says it "answers just about any question [from] homeowner, plant manager, energy policy guru ... as practically useful as it is informative." 830 photographs and drawings illustrate the methods. Hundreds of examples give you a feel for real applications. A complete index makes it easy to find every topic and term.


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Energy Conservation/Environment

Cut Energy Costs and Protect the Environment while Improving Comfort, Safety, And Reliability. The Energy Efficiency Manual helps you to:

Find the Right Improvements for Your Building or Plant. The Energy Efficiency Manual is the most complete resource for finding efficiency improvements. Use the handy Ratings and Selection Scorecards to quickly find the best measures for your facility, rank them in order of priority, and develop an optimum program.

Become an Expert in Each Subject. Each Measure supplies the specialized information you need. Reference Notes broaden your knowledge of utility rates, high-efficiency motors, variable-speed drives, environmentally safe refrigerants, lighting technology, energy management computers, people sensors, and many other vital subjects.

Avoid Expensive Mistakes. Each Measure includes Traps & Tricks to guide you around pitfalls that can spoil your work. You get tips gained from practical experience that minimize effort, save cost, and protect your savings in the long term.

At last! Twenty years in preparation, this manual organizes the entire field of energy efficiency using 400 logically grouped Measures, with hundreds of examples and illustrations. Experts find the detail they want. Beginners appreciate the clear, non-mathematical presentation.

"A phenomenal achievement. This is the best organized, most complete guide presently available for making buildings and plants efficient and reliable. It breaks new ground in showing management how to reduce utility costs." -- Henry A. Borger, former Secretary, Federal Construction Council of the National Academy of Sciences

"Provides professional, practical, detailed guidance for today's real world. Helps you obtain the optimum combination of efficiency and investment potential, whether in design, installation, operation, maintenance, or management." -- Clinton W. Phillips, PE, engineering consultant, past President, ASHRAE

"Industry has been waiting for this book. It covers everything from the simplest activities and equipment modifications to sophisticated design improvements. Plant operators and designers will use it continually." -- Charles A. Wood, paper industry engineer

"An invaluable resource. You need this book to do thorough energy audits and to make efficiency improvements with confidence." -- Sean J. Gallagher, school system energy specialist

About the Author

Donald Wulfinghoff is a professional engineer, licensed stationary engineer, certified automotive mechanic, and licensed broadcast engineer. Thousands have attended his courses on energy conservation at George Washington University, his presentations at industry conferences, and his seminars about conservation and energy management. He is a founder of the ASHRAE Energy Awards design competition. He has developed efficiency programs for hundreds of facilities. He served on panels of the National Academy of Sciences devoted to improving engineering practice. He serves as a construction industry arbitrator-mediator. He is president of Wulfinghoff Energy Services, Inc., which he established to advance the standards of performance in energy conservation. He devoted twenty years to writing the Energy Efficiency Manual.

Product Details

  • Series: Energy Efficiency Manual
  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Energy Inst Pr (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965792676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965792677
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9 x 2.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and interesting - STRONGLY RECOMMENDED February 7, 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Despite the intimidating name and size of this tome, I found it fascinating to read. It covers everything from light bulb selection to rooftop chiller maintenance. The depth and breath of coverage is amazing.

This is not a hippie guide to backwoods eco-conservation. It is a practical manual, firmly grounded in science and economics that explains different strategies for maximizing comfort while minimizing energy use. In every case, the author examines both the pros and cons of the measure, and calculates the expected payback term. It is so helpful to have a book that is realistic in its treatment of energy conservation. Lots of books outline promising energy saving techniques, none I've read before talk so frankly about the problems you will encounter when you implement them.

Quite technical in many places, the text excels at explaining important concepts that are often ignored in other texts. I have a background in physics, but not until reading this book did I have a good grasp of the operation of absorption coolers or how the spectrum of a light bulb affects the visual comfort of the scene it illuminates. The concise overview of heat transfer mechanisms is more thorough than any thermodynamics textbook I've ever read.

Most important of all is the practical advice that is clearly based on a huge body of real experience. As the book so frequently points out, energy saving measures are useless if they break or are defeated by building occupants. Hundreds of (non-obvious) examples of these failures are given, with pictures.

This book would be great for anyone with responsibility for designing or maintaining buildings of any size. If you are hesitant to pay the high price, find it at a local library. I don't write many Amazon reviews, but after reading this book I felt compelled to strongly recommend it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I nodded my head in agreement while reading Wulfinghoff's philosophy about energy savings in commercial and light industrial facilities. He distills 20+ years of experience in this field with practical, no-nonsense how-tos to gain energy and dollar savings in a wide variety of facilities and end-uses: lighting, water use, steam systems, space heating, water heating, air conditioning, scheduling, pumps, energy management controls: its all here in a well-written, well-illustrated book.
Perhaps best of all, the author goes beyond theoretical considerations of high-tech efficiency products, with precautions of what works and what might fall short. He also reminds facility managers to be mindful of the human factors that can foil our best efforts. He offers suggestions on how to plan and manage efficiency upgrades complete with information for building operators and occupants, so that the savings persist.
Highly recommended for anyone managing energy use in facilities, ranging from individual buildings to college campuses to government facilities. [I am a local government energy manager myself.]
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides practical advice for avoiding pitfalls February 4, 2001
Format:Hardcover
Donald Wulfinghoff's Energy Efficiency Manual is a massive, 1,536-page reference work that is organized to guide the reader quickly to the right information for their particular energy project, problem, or inquiry. The first part of this "user friend" manual has 400 logically grouped activities for improving energy efficiency. each activity begins with Ratings and a Selection Scorecard to help the reader judge the merits and difficulties of that particular activity. "Economics" sidebars estimates the savings, cost, and payback period. The "Traps & Tricks" sidebars provides practical advice for avoiding pitfalls plaguing energy conservation efforts. Energy Efficiency Manual will earn back its cover price over and over again and is an essential, core reference for personal, professional, and community library energy conservation and energy efficiency reference book collections.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource December 15, 1999
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We save thousands of dollars using the Energy Efficiency Manual. It is really easy to understand. You should see the look on a contractor's face when I ask him an intelligent question about his specialty. This book makes sure that I get the job done right, and at the best price.
Valerie Kendall, recycling center owner
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Reference for Practical Energy Efficiency December 15, 1999
Format:Hardcover
This volume, more than any policy mandate or directive, makes energy efficiency a practical reality. Mr. Wulfinghoff clearly and systematically describes thousands of energy efficiency measures applicable to commercial, industrial, and residential applications. They are presented in a way that is immediately accessible to the facility managers who make daily decisions about utility use and system maintenance. The accessibility of this information advances the cause of energy efficiency more effectively than any open-ended policy proclamation. The technical details of each measure are complemented with a discussion of economics, which is crucial to securing the "corporate blessing" that most facility managers require to get things done. This text is a must-have item for facility managers as well as the companies that supply energy services.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A secret weapon for the energy auditor June 30, 2003
Format:Hardcover
As an energy auditor I'd almost call the Energy Efficiency Manual a secret weapon, except it has so many good ideas that I can't help but show it to many of the customers and prospective customers I meet. The diagrams are very useful, as is the self contained but well cross-referenced way in which each improvement measure has been written. For example, talking to the maintenance manager of a hospital, we looked at the diagrams of hot/cold deck multi-zone systems while discussing the pros and cons of upgrading a constant volume air conditioning system to a variable volume system. It is by far the most useful book on energy management that I have ever read (well, in the case of the Energy Efficiency Manual, that I have partially read - its an enormously large book!), and the ratings of each of the measures are particularly useful, along with the practical, no-nonsense approach. The book is extremely well cross referenced and Wulfinghoff has covered an enormous body of knowledge in writing the book. As someone fairly new to the field I'm grateful that he went to the effort of documenting and making available his knowledge and 30 odd years experience in the Energy Efficiency Manual.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not yet arrived
Not yet arrived! Is this normal? Bought over one month ago. Is this normal? Was promised I should have had it by now.
Published on October 6, 2011 by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Energy Efficiency Manal
This is a good book for energy efficiency professionals. It is difficult to be an expert in all aspect of energy conservation, so this is a great resource to help you fill any... Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by Energy Engr
5.0 out of 5 stars Best EE reference book I ever have
Is good for any EE practicing professional to have one but the book is very pricy.
Published on September 25, 2010 by Ops
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
This book brings any interested person up to speed on the factors relevant to efficiency across a multitude of disciplines. If it is not in this book, it probably doesn't matter. Read more
Published on April 18, 2010 by J. White
1.0 out of 5 stars heavy book,heavy reading
A more than 8 pounds book will not make you an expert in energy efficiency.It is especially true from an Chinese perspective. Read more
Published on January 22, 2008 by Chinese Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative! A must have!
Superlative!  The ENERGY EFFICIENCY MANUAL by Donald Wulfinghoff is a "must have" for professionals, libraries, facility managers, policy makers, homeowners, and anyone else who is... Read more
Published on December 8, 2003 by Amy Vickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Efficiency in technical publications.
I have been in the Architect/Engineering business for over 20 years. There were several cases in the past where this book would have been of great value. Read more
Published on August 26, 2000 by Charles A. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars A practical Book
This book is an excellent resource for engineers and people who cares about ecoefficiency and industrial costs. Read more
Published on July 17, 2000 by MINOLLI JOSE LUIS
5.0 out of 5 stars energy conservation
I have reaped much larger rewards from the Energy Efficiency Manual than the money I have saved by utilizing the concepts described in the book. Read more
Published on January 18, 2000 by Tom Bushelman
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