Right time. Right subject. Right place.
It went home with me. The book turned out to be far more … and far better … than expected when pulled off the shelf.
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The author, Paul Scheckel, is a home energy auditor with experience visiting and expecting thousands of homes. Available in color in this presentation. Of the roughly 97 Quads of net primary resource consumption for energy, roughly And, that is not even factoring in much of the ineffiencies at the tail end of the process. Thus, as a nation, huge opportunities might exist to use energy more efficiently much as the message from Amory Lovins for years at the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Efficiency is the ability to produce a desired effect with a minimum amount of effort or waste. The enery efficiency of an appliance is a comparison, or ration, of the useful energy output to the total energy input ….
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Actually, according to the Energy Information Agency, Wal-Mart, for example, has the resources to invest in greater efficiency in its stores than any average homeowner could manage. From aging, inefficient heating systems, to poor lighting, to air leaks, opportunities exist for making the home far more energy efficient — and many of those opportunities are low cost with high payback.
A few photos and some words of explanation and understanding came as to why icicles had plagued us most winters. From the book to the real world and the drive to the hardward store. Several afternoons of work putting in baffles and additional insulation ensued. This leads toward a bias toward energy savings.
Guess what, the savings are still there and still high payoff, just not quite as high as you might think from reading the book. And, well, this is a book … time is flying when it comes to options for the home. But, these are minor problems for what is an excellent and valuable book.
This authoritative guide makes efficiency fun through personal anecdotes and humorous "tales-from-the-basement" energy misadventures. Since energy efficiency is an investment that offers returns greater than Wall Street, readers can earn several hundred dollars every year just by following the advice in this book. As a bonus, many of the energy-saving strategies described can make for improved indoor air quality and healthier, more comfortable homes. Paul Scheckel is an energy auditor who has visited thousands of homes, educating people about energy efficiency, cost-effective improvements, and indoor air quality.
With a passion for efficiency and renewables, he walks the talk by living in a solar-powered house and driving a car powered by vegetable oil, in his home state of Vermont.
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The Home Energy Diet is a valuable resource for homeowners and anyone interested in efficient, affordable, and healthy housing. The book balances theoretical understanding with practical wisdom. This book should be required reading for anyone who has anything to do with the care and feeding of a house and any of its components. The average home causes twice the greenhouse gas emissions of the average car. To help reduce these emissions, improve the comfort of homes, and reduce energy bills, EPA encourages homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient.
The Home Energy Diet identifies many products and systems in your home that are good opportunities for improved energy efficiency. Buy it, read it, and then put this information to use in your own home. The Home Energy Diet is an excellent book, clearly showing where energy is used and wasted in the home, and giving excellent guidance on how you can dramatically reduce your energy use, while having a more comfortable, safer, more durable dwelling. I highly recommend it!
Readers will learn plenty through the anecdotes and experiences gleaned from the thousands of homes the author has visited, and through adventures with his own low-energy-diet lifestyle. In fact, even with my own 20 years experience in the energy business, I still learned a lot that I will take away and apply to my own home energy diet.
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It has the most up-to-date, reliable and thorough advice you could find anywhere. Welcome to the rewarding world of energy efficiency! I have done my best to make this book informative, entertaining, and guiltfree, offering something in each chapter for both novice and expert.
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