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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

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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About the Author

Bruce Harley is a noted expert on energy-efficient residential construction and renovation. A long-time engineer, he has helped diagnose and repair such varied problems as building air leakage, indoor air quality, HVAC system failures, plus combustion and moisture issues. Bruce has also led national seminars on energy-efficient residential construction, codes, building science, and mechanical systems.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Original edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600850707
  • ASIN: B002XUM0PI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,672,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Detailed with lots of photographs for the average person. Systematic for doing a thorough tightening up of your home or office. Does not include a HERS energy audit or a Dulley Energy Efficiency Index inventory, but pretty much include most other things.
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This book is the best value out there. Because it explains in simple, easy to understand terms the most essential aspects that every person who lives in a dwelling should know about the way our choices about energy affect our homes. Get a copy for all your friends and they will thank you for years to come!
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With so much emphasis on energy saving and global warming these days, this book is a great reference for the average homeowner. Written in simple terms with easy-to-understand graphics, anyone can easily understand the causes of heat loss and cold air infiltration, and the solutions. Bruce Harley shows once again why he's one of the foremost experts in building science and energy conservation in America.
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In standard style, Amazon shows how much we save on the purchase price. For the 'The Home Energy Diet', that is only the beginning. Bruce Harley has provided an easy-to-understand practical approach by organizing this book as a descriptive and highly illustrated list of 150 ways to reduce energy costs.

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.
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considering there isn't many chapters, or pages for that matter, this book is very detailed and informative. this book not only give you tips, and some "how to" instructions, but it also gives you a list of things to buy and where you can purchase them. the only thing that would make this book better would be more of it!
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I chose this rating because I am reading different books on saving energy and I learn from each book!! This book covers all from stopping drafts to how to save on heating and AC and how much insulation to put in walls,floors and attics. This book takes you through the whole house with sound advice on how to save on your energy bill. Everyone can save money and have a warmer house!!!!
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This book covers the basics of energy conservation pretty well. If you want to save money on energy and you put 30% of what this book describes into practice you will definately see a savings.

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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