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Homemade Money: How to Save Energy and Dollars in Your Home Paperback – February 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain Inst (February 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188317807X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883178079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The preeminent energy think tank in the United States, The Rocky Mountain Institute, estimates that $50 billion could be saved in the U.S. each year using current materials and technology. Homemade Money is your guidebook to claiming your share of the savings! In great detail, going so far as to give brand names, this book shows you how to save energy on heating, cooling, appliances, and household systems. It also gives construction and remodeling techniques to maximize energy savings. The book is organized to help readers sort through the huge number of choices and suggestions and set priorities without being intimidated. Virtually anyone can implement enough of these strategies to save energy and money almost immediately.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 1998
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The advice in this book spans the gamut-- everything from "First, go after holes a cat could crawl through." to triple-paned windows that take decades to pay for themselves. Whether you're looking to save a few quick bucks, or you approach conservation from an aesthetic, save-the-planet viewpoint, there is plenty here to keep you busy. Some of the advice is controversial (vapor barriers in attics) and some is bogus (wrapping your hot water heater, which is probably well insulated already), but the treatment of the subject appears thorough and reasonably practical.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
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Like the previous critic, I advise the ever-present grain of salt when reading anything that has yet to be proven scientifically. . . Like the wrapping of the water heater has. You WILL save energy and in turn money by doing so. So much to the point that the state of California now provides Water Heater Blankets with installation, free of charge, to anyone that wants one. Soon it will be a requirement.
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By Alain Normand on July 28, 2013
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great everyday information on how to save money by simply being aware of where the energy in your home is going. A good read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Thakery on December 30, 2000
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As with any book on making your home more efficient, a grain of salt must be held at the ready. Saving $50 a year may be a goldmine to some and may just be a private victory against oil corporations to others. Still, with all the info in this book, you'd have to be pretty wasteful to not recoup the purchase prise pretty quick!
Like the previous critic, I advise the ever-present grain of salt when reading anything that has yet to be proven scientifically. . . Like the wrapping of the water heater HAS. You WILL save energy and in turn money by doing so. So much to the point that the state of California now provides Water Heater Blankets with installation, free of charge, to anyone that wants one. Soon it will be a requirement.
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