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Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (Ninth Edition) Paperback – October 27, 2007

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About the Author

Jennifer Thorne Amann is a Senior Associate in the Buildings and Equipment Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Her current work includes promoting improved commercial building performance, valuing the energy and non-energy benefits of whole house retrofits, analyzing the impacts of stronger appliance efficiency standards, and exploring new targets for market transformation efforts. Alex Wilson is President of BuildingGreen, Inc. and Executive Editor of Environmental Building News the premier green building industry resource. A widely acknowledged green building expert since the '70s, he has authored countless articles and several books including Green Building Products and The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; 9th edition (October 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is filled with practical advice and energy saving suggestions, with illustrations and instructions that explain the "hows and whys" of energy savings. The book takes you through the house from attic to appliances, from windows to CFL lights, with the Real Story on each. The advice is highly practical and much better than some books that simply point out the obvious. The book is FULL of practical projects you can do this weekend to make your home more efficient. This book will pay for itself the first weekend you own it.
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Written by Jennifer Thorne Amann (Senior Associate in the Buildings and Equipment Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings is a handy resource for homeowners, state utility companies, and anyone else interested in saving money and reducing environmental impact. Now in its ninth updated edition, Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings offers in-depth comparisons between available energy-saving technologies, cost-effective repair and replacement options, step-by-step instructions for finding the right equipment for one's needs, and much more. "Try to install your clothes washer as close to the water heater as reasonably possible and insulate the hot water pipes leading to it to minimize heat loss through the pipes. Also, if possible, locate the washer and dryer in a heated space. This is particularly important with dryers, which depend on heat to dry." Simple black-and-white illustrations help to clarify key points in this solid money-saving guide. Highly recommended.
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great book but as a librarian I find it frustrating that it's not up to date as of Feb 2012 because many patrons still want a few print version at least
--esp. those who have trouble using computers or can't afford one or the internet service each month.
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This venerable book has been updated several times since its initial publication in 1990 and is now in its 10th edition. I consulted this book when I was writing Creating A Sustainable Home: Fast, Cheap, and Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money, and found it to be a comprehensive resource for saving energy and money.

The authors lead off with a helpful checklist for actions you can take today, this week, this month, and this year. I must object to the first item on the list, though: "Turn down the temperature on the water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees.)" Legionnaires disease is a real danger with water temperatures under 123 degrees.

I especially like the point about return on investment (ROI). Saving money after installing a new furnace, for example, will give you a return on investment each year, and that return is tax free! The section on appliances is also quite useful.
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