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Cut Your Energy Bills Now: 150 Smart Ways to Save Money & Make Your Home More Comfortable & Green Paperback – Bargain Price, December 9, 2008
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Chapter 1 is titled, 'Think of Your House as One Big System'. The first item on the list is to understand your energy costs by reviewing your utility bill energy usage and cost history over the last year. Three charts are included that show the difference in average annual energy expenses by categories (heating, air conditioning, water heating, refrigerators, other appliances & lights) for cold climates, hot climates, and the national average.
Keep in mind that return on investment (ROI) should constrain what to install, what to replace, or what habit to change to reduce energy consumption. The question to ask is: What is the expected payback time from reduced energy consumption to recover the cost of this energy-saving investment? The shorter the time, the better. For me, less than a year is desired. I don't want to wait ten years to break even.
Chapter 2 has easy fixes to reduce the energy costs for operating small appliances and lighting. One important aspect of this chapter is measuring plug-in appliances for wasteful energy usage during non-use or standby modes of operation. For me, the garage door opener wasted the most electricity in this plug-in category.
Chapter 3 addresses energy costs for large appliances which account for nearly 40% of all home electric use nationwide.
Chapter 4 describes several techniques to reduce energy costs for providing hot water to a household.Read more ›
The author could have done a better job of rating the difficulty of the upgrades. I think organizing the upgrades in order of difficulty and cost would make it an easier read and more people would impliment the solutions.
To be truely green it would have to be available on the Kindle. So I deduct 1 star.
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I bought this for a gift for my friend who is always interested in learning about where to cut energy in her home. She has found it very informative and I have as well. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Tuxxy
I have read many books in the past that describe ways to cut energy costs. This book has some of that same infomration, but it also includes new information I had not seen. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by P. S.
Great overview of advertising. The author created a magazine of very basic information. Yes you can spend lots of money and cut your energy bill but not all of us want to spend... Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Utilitarian