Basics of Energy Efficient Living: A Beginner's Guide to Alternative Energy and Home Energy Savings by Lonnie Wibberding.
Whether you're building a new house or have an existing one, "Basics of Energy Efficient Living" shares the principles behind energy efficient living. Have you ever wondered: What is R-value? How much energy could I get from my creek? Can I use alternative energy in the city? How much heat will it take to keep my house warm? How much heat will I lose if I put in a bigger window? Learn what it takes to save energy, then take the next step and collect your own. Find out how much energy you can get from water, sun, wind, and wood. Discover how much energy you need by making an energy budget specific for your house. Learn energy principles as you design a house step-by-step.
This absolutely groundbreaking manual doesn't just talk about eco-friendly building techniques, but actually shows every step! More than 1,200 close-up photographs, along with in-depth descriptions, follow the real construction of an alternative house from site selection to the addition of final-touch interior details. Co-authors Clarke Snell and Timothy Callahan (a professional builder and contractor) provide thorough discussions of the fundamental concepts of construction, substitutes for conventional approaches, and planning a home that's not only comfortable and beautiful, but environmentally responsible. Then, they roll up their sleeves and get to work assembling a guest house that incorporates four different alternative building methods: straw bale, cob, cordwood, and modified stick frame. This manual conveys real-world challenges and processes, and offers dozens of sidebars with invaluable advice. It's head and shoulders above all others in the field.
The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook: Slowing Climate Change And Saving Money by Godo Stoyke.
Most people are unaware that environmental problems such as climate
change can be easily avoided, at a profit, through the intelligent
application of appropriate technology. The Carbon Buster's Home Energy
Handbook describes how to achieve this goal in the residential field.
The first book in North America to provide a detailed carbon
accounting of a family's carbon emissions and how to reduce them, it
systematically analyzes energy costs and evaluates which measures
yield the highest returns for the environment and the pocketbook. The
book allows individuals to quickly and accurately assess which
products are a good deal and which aren't. It systematically analyzes
residential carbon emissions and energy costs and prioritizes
solutions based on highest carbon reductions and monetary returns,
yielding results that are often surprising.
Complete Guide to Reducing Energy Costs by Consumer Reports.
This is one of our favorite books on reducing home energy costs.
Consumer Reports has long been an excellent source of valuable
consumer information and this book is no exception. The book
covers just about every major aspect of home energy usage and is
replete with very clear illustrations showing you how you can do
energy saving projects yourself. We found the section on
weatherstripping and insulation to be among the best we have seen. In
addition the book reflects the long time research that the Consumers
Union has done to determine which approaches are most cost effective.
Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: Save Money, Save the Earth (Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings by Jennifer Thorne Amann and Alex Wilson.
How efficient are front-loading washing machines? When is it time to replace your old refrigerator? These questions and many more are answered in The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, a one-stop resource for consumers who want to improve their home's energy performance and reduce costs. Zeroing in on the most useful response can be a challenge; this ninth edition cuts through the confusion. Well-organized and highly readable, The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings begins with an overview of the interrelationships between energy use, economics, and the environment. Chapters focus on specific areas in the home, such as electronics, lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, kitchen, and laundry, and provide helpful explanations for each. Included are tips on improving existing equipment and guidance for when and why consumers should purchase new energy-efficient equipment, as well as a reminder to check local government and utility incentives for purchase or retrofit grants. This guide will be an invaluable resource to all consumers concerned about reducing both their energy bills and their environmental impact.
Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: All New Listings of the Most Efficient Products You Can Buy by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Alex Wilson and John Morrill have assembled a comprehensive guide to energy-saving techniques and devices with two goals in mind: save consumers money and save Earth in the process. Wilson and Morrill offer consumers the latest techniques for making their homes more efficient, comfortable, and cheaper to live in, and they supply energy ratings for appliances, light bulbs, water heaters, windows, heating systems, and more. The language is clear and entertaining; you needn't to be a technician or an engineer to understand the suggestions and analyses. Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings will prove incredibly useful for people who are about to build a home or remodel, or who simply want to get the most bang for their buck and not waste energy or foul the environment.
The Home Energy Diet: How To Save Money By Making Your House Energy-s by Paul Scheckel.
With rising energy costs, homeowners are beginning to examine the energy efficiency of their own homes, asking questions about where energy comes from and how much it costs, how to choose new appliances and what options exist for renewable energy. The Home Energy Diet answers all these questions and more while helping readers take control of their personal energy use and costs so they can save money, live more comfortably and help the environment. Energy auditor Paul Scheckel first explores energy literacy, and then describes how your home uses-and loses-energy you pay for. The Home Energy Diet involves readers in learning about their own homes by: measuring, metering, investigating and considering habits related to household energy use; learning how to quantify energy consumption and cost and making informed decisions about cost-effective improvements and upgrades. The book explores the misunderstood concept of efficiency versus cost by comparing fuel costs and equipment choices, including the possibility of using renewable energy for meeting home energy needs. This authoritative guide makes efficiency fun through personal anecdotes and humorous "tales-from-the-basement" energy misadventures.
Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for Existing Buildings by John T Krigger and Chris Dorsi.
Large type text and especially clear graphics and illustrations abound in this discussion of cost savings and retrofitting of existing buildings. From duct insulation and hot water distribution systems to energy-efficient laundering, this is packed with a wide range of energy-saving ideas and will prove useful despite its hefty price tag.
Saving Energy, Growing Jobs: How Environmental Protection Promotes Economic Growth, Competition, Profitability and Innovation by David B. Goldstein.
The idea that we must choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy is a myth, says David Goldstein. Not only do well-conceived environmental regulations create more jobs, in the long run they contribute to more efficient designs and less expensive products. Standing between us and a cleaner, more prosperous society is the resistance of economic incumbents and a misplaced ideological opposition to any kind of regulation, even though it might prove beneficial.