The Energy-wise Homebuyer: A Guide to Selecting an Energy-efficient Home

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1979 - Dwellings - 60 pages

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Page 60 - The statements and conclusions contained herein are those of the contractor and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Government in general or HUD in particular.
Page 60 - This manual is not an official standard, and neither the United States nor HUD nor ASHRAE nor the contractor makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information herein. However, HUD emphasizes that this manual may be reproduced freely by any interested party, so long as no material contained in the manual is changed or deleted in such reproduction, and so long as proper credit is given to HUD in such reproduction.
Page 60 - Savitz held similar positions at the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), which was merged into DOE in October 1977. Before joining ERDA in 1975, she was Director of the Building Policy Research Program, Office of Energy Conservation and Environment at the Federal Energy Administration...
Page 3 - But don't take energy efficiency for granted in a new home. Don-t assume that a home is energy-efficient just because it is new. Don-t assume that all new homes will have the same energy costs. There are no ironclad guarantees of energy efficiency in new homes. Codes and standards to help assure that new homes will be energy-efficient are just beginning to be implemented, and at the present time not all new homes comply with them. In addition, present-day codes and standards do not cover some energy-...
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Page 26 - ... could do was to look at the home — its size, shape, windows, furnace, insulation, and so forth — it would be a very difficult job to accurately estimate its energy costs. Fortunately, there's an easier way — instead of looking at the home itself, look at the energy bills of the previous occupants for the past year or two. Your future energy bills in a particular home may differ from those of the previous owner because of different family size or living habits. Nevertheless, past utility...
Page 8 - Here is an example of the detailed information offered by The Energy-Wise Homebuyer. Proper levels of insulation It is essential that a home have adequate amounts of insulation, in its • ceiling or attic • walls • crawl space or basement walls, floors, or slab foundation perimeters. How much insulation you need depends on your climate and your cost of energy. The tables below present suggested guidelines. These guidelines are in line with the new Minimum Property Standards being developed by...
Page 26 - Tint time and only want to look at it quickly, it's enough to rely on the seller's word about energy costs. But when you get seriously interested in a particular home, it's much better to see written proof. Certainly, you should never make a commitment to purchase a particular home based on the seller's word alone.
Page 44 - ... drapes and blinds at night in winter. Open them in the daytime where they will allow direct sunlight to enter. In the summer, close drapes and blinds of windows exposed to direct sunlight.
Page 8 - ... or lesser insulating value per inch of thickness. Look at the accompanying map to see which climate zone you are in — A, B, C, D, or E. Now refer to the appropriate column of each table. Note that Table...

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