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The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements Paperback – September 1, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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Very resourceful. Not only use in classroom but can give us a better understanding how much we can save $$.Published 10 months ago by TrailWolf131
Very useful book. Will try to make a lot of chages in my house to get more energy efficient.Published 13 months ago by Anouschka Fiedler
Great reference for the layman or the pro handy and easy index to find subject topic. A plus for all library's.Published on April 19, 2013 by Rodney Winstead
This is an excellent book, but I was sent (and charged for) two copies. This made a 16 dollar book, a 32 dollar expenditure.Published on September 6, 2011 by Jenny
The order was what my sone wanted for Christmas and he was very happy with it when he opened it onChristmas day.Published on January 8, 2011 by Verneta K. Wallace
This book is easy to read and has a few valuable information that will help me improve on home energy efficiency. Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by Luckster
Book was full of good ideas for this day/age. Shipment was quick and arrived in good condition.Published on May 6, 2010 by Russell Bowman