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About the Author

John Krigger is a highly respected authority in the field of energy conservation for buildings and the author of several books. He has been a passionate advocate of efficient construction technology for over thirty years. He is now working with other building scientists to develop the next generation of construction techniques for North America. Chris Dorsi has spent the last thirty years fine-tuning homes across North America. He has founded construction companies, developed real estate projects, and audited thousands of residential buildings. He is a widely acclaimed author and speaker who has motivated and enabled both homeowners and trade professionals to improve the efficiency and minimize the environmental footprint of their buildings.
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  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Saturn Resource Management; 1st edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880120186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880120187
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on April 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
With the way the economy is these days, saving money takes new importance. One of the ways to do that is by making smart choices about energy efficient appliances and making your home more energy efficient. This book, designed for homeowners aims to just that and argues that any home can be improved from an energy standpoint.

After a two page introduction that touts the benefits of making your home more energy efficient, the book opens with the idea that you need to develop an energy use plan for your home. Chapter One discusses the differences between energy consumption and carbon emissions, the energy costs in the building materials, and how both big and small changes/fixes are important. Everything adds up and adding it all up is the key to determining how much energy you are using whether it is electrical, gas, propane or oil. Basic math is illustrated along with a couple of case studies before ten obvious choices are briefly discussed such as installing programmable thermostats, changing appliances, adding insulation, upgrading windows and doors ,etc.

Chapter Two is all about "Lighting and Appliances" and delves into the topic by explaining what the "Energy Star" program really means, different types of lighting, what you can do with appliances up to and including replacing them. Along with the text, there are plenty of small sidebar tips and illustrations.

"Water Heating" is the theme of Chapter Three which explains different basic terms as well as how to adjust your habits as well as your water heater. Along with what to look for if you want to replace your water heater, how to insulate the tank and/or water lines is covered along with replacing shower heads and how to go about creating a solar water heating system.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. T. Sterner on December 31, 2008
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I am an energy auditor and I spend much time educating people about energy efficiency, conservation, products, building science, and more. This book is a life and time saver! Since it became available, I've been able to point folks to it and have saved myself lots of time. The book is very easy to understand, very thorough, with good graphics. Everyone who owns a home should have this book. And, everyone who is wanting to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint, AND fix their home should have this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M.A.P. on February 2, 2009
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I work in the energy conservation field. I am frequently asked by people if there is a reference book that is not filled with technical jargon. Something the layman can understand. I think this book may be it. I saw it on the Amazon web site during a search for energy related reference books. I haven't finished it yet but so far I find it is very informative using illustrations and photos along with explanations of energy saving measures. I recommend it to anyone that would like to make a difference by reducing their energy costs as well as their carbon footprint.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Rule on December 30, 2008
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This is a great book. These guys inspire big and small home energy improvements and back it up with technical hows and whys in an accessible style. It reinforces action by telling you how to benchmark your energy use and measure improvement. Hands-on stuff for doers by guys who look like they've actually done it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Bergman on May 21, 2011
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This is a great book. I'm somebody that feels overwhelmed when people use the jargon in this case construction jargon in putting a book together for someone that is going in clueless. This book does not do that. It's easy to read and very understandable. It's a great start to improving your home's energy use. I feel after reading this book that if I walk into a handy man shop I could easily start a conversation about insulation and what kind I'm looking for or buy a good water heater, etc... I really feel like this book has empowered me with enough knowledge to make some good decisions about my home... It's a great starter book... If you are a beginner like me this is the book for you. This book is like basic math when most books go straight into calculus... I don't know about you but I need the basic math understanding before I can hit calculus.... The authors did a wonderful job!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott H. Irving on April 29, 2013
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This book goes into every imaginable detail of heating, cooling, lighting, landscaping, as they affect energy efficiency. If you are designing and building a home, this would be/is an outstanding book and a good purchase. On the other hand, if you just want to seal up your house and insulate it, I think "Weatherproofing" by Fox Chapel would be a better choice. I bought both and reviewed both, and I would recommend both. But this is the comprehensive one. I like both spectrums of comprehensiveness and focus/detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Conrad DuBois on December 1, 2013
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Very informative book! I have been following how to save energy since the 70's. Learn something new from each book I read. I am fixing up the basement and was wondering where to put a vapor barrier. This book tells where not to put a vapor barrier. I will refer back to this book often! This book covers everything about saving energy! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in energy savings!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luckster on December 8, 2010
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This book is easy to read and has a few valuable information that will help me improve on home energy efficiency. Many of the tips discussed can be searched on the web but putting them all together in a book and easy to lend to someone made buying this book worth it. I would recommend this to a friend who will be building a new house soon.
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