Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings

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New Society Publishers, 2007 - House & Home - 241 pages
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How efficient are front-load 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, including:

  • Describing energy use characteristics
  • Drawing comparisons between available technologies
  • Outlining the most cost-effective repair and replacement options
  • Providing step-by-step guidance for finding the right equipment
  • Describing how the equipment operates
  • Summarizing how much energy is used or lost

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.

Jennifer Thorne Amann is a senior associate in the ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) Buildings and Equipment Program.

Alex Wilson is president of BuildingGreen, Inc., author of Your Green Home, and executive editor of Environmental Building News.

 

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Contents

Save Money Save the Earth
1
The Building Envelope
15
Ventilation and Air Distribution
45
Heating Systems
61
Cooling Systems
99
Water Heating
125
Food Storage
149
Cooking
157
Laundry
173
Lighting
183
Home Electronics
203
Other Energy Uses in the Home
215
Appendix
223
Index
231
About the Authors
239
About ACEEE
241

Dishwashing
167

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About the author (2007)

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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