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Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies

By Rik DeGunther

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Wiley Publishing, Inc.

111 River Street

Hoboken, NJ  07030-5774 USA

201-748-6000

www.wiley.com

One of the best and most affordable strategies people can employ to combat global warming is to improve the energy and water efficiency of their homes. Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies provides homeowners with advice, tips, and projects to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency, and cut down on waste and pollution. After performing a do-it-yourself home energy audit, readers create an action plan based on their personal goals. Readers are presented with a wide range of potential solutions, from making better use of blinds and awnings to exploring geothermal options to reduce household costs and their impact on the planet.

 

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Author Rik DeGunther is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy consulting firm that focuses on home energy audits and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Solving the World’s Problems from Your Front Porch

Chapter 1: Defining Efficiency

Chapter 2: Energy Sources and Sinks

Chapter 3: Eliminating the Guesswork with Home Energy Audits

Chapter 4: Financing Efficiency Improvements

Chapter 5: Making Tradeoffs That Work for You

Part II: Reducing Inefficiencies throughout Your Home

Chapter 6: Keeping Your Home Free from Contaminants

Chapter 7: Sealing and Insulating Your Home

Chapter 8: Getting the Most Out of Your Heating and Air-Conditioning System

Chapter 9: Lighting Your Home More Efficiently

Chapter 10: Watering Down Your Water Consumption

Chapter 11: Pigging Out on Power with Appliances

Chapter 12: Controlling Solar Exposures in Your Home

Chapter 13: Breathing Homes: Ventilation, Fans, and Air Filters

Chapter 14: Reusing and Recycling: Play It Again, Sam

Part III: Putting Alternative Energy Sources to Work for You

Chapter 15: Burning Desires: Wood and Gas Stoves

Chapter 16: Shining a Light on Solar Power for Your Home

Chapter 17: Radiant Heating Systems

Chapter 18: Heating with Biomass Stoves

Chapter 19: Geothermal Energy: Straight from Mother Nature

Part IV: Considering Efficiency When You Buy, Build, or Sell a Home

Chapter 20: Looking at Community Solutions to Energy Efficiency

Chapter 21: Building an Energy-Efficient Home from the Ground Up

Chapter 22: Buying and Selling an Energy-Efficient Home

Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 23: Ten Best Energy-Efficient Investments

Chapter 24: Ten Ridiculously Easy Energy-Saving Tips

Chapter 25: Ten Best Solar Investments

Index

 

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Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies :  Created on February 21st, 2009.  Last Modified on December 17th, 2009

 

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