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ISBN-13: 978-0470376027
ISBN-10: 0470376023
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Learn to:

  • Make smart, practical energy changes at home
  • Conduct your own home energy audit
  • Reduce your costs and impact on the planet
  • Improve your household energy efficiency

Save money with hands-on, smart household energy solutions!

Want to make eco-friendly changes in your house that will save energy? This practical guide is packed with tips and projects for increasing your home's energy efficiency while reducing costs and cutting down on waste and pollution. You'll see how to put together your own energy action plan based on your needs — and make your lifestyle more comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Learn from an energy expert — the author draws on his extensive experience to provide the best, most effective solutions
  • Evaluate your energy usage — perform a home energy audit and identify the areas that need improvement
  • Reduce inefficiencies inside and out — banish contaminants, seal and insulate your home, get more from your heating and air conditioning, fix leaks, and more
  • Cut costs in every room — use the right lights and switches, stop wasting water, and lessen the load on appliances

Open the book and find:

  • Explanations of energy costs
  • Advice on changing your consumption habits
  • Instructions for calculating your carbon footprint
  • The ten best efficiency investments
  • Tips for financing energy improvements
  • The pros and cons of different energy alternatives
  • Top solar investments
  • The most efficient ways to reduce waste

About the Author

Rik DeGunther is a design engineer and energy efficiency consultant. He is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy consulting firm that focuses on home energy audits and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470376023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470376027
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rik DeGunther is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy consultant firm that focuses on home energy audits and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CWard on January 31, 2010
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This was excellent for the basics, and gave some good info on various energy efficient ways to heat your home such as solar power, radiant heat, etc, but otherwise pretty basic.
The last chapter gives 30 ways to be more energy efficient. Of these, the least helpful was to skip the dishwasher drying cycle, and the most helpful was a tie between sealing the HVAC ducts and getting a solar hot water heater and going DIY to save $$.
Good if you need a basic reference, not so good if you're already well on the path of saving energy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deni O on December 27, 2012
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I was looking for several options to stay energy efficient and this book offered more than I expected. Great book, written in an easy jargon for everyone.......
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By Patrick Brunton on August 29, 2014
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