The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy-Smart

The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy-Smart

by Paul Scheckel

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The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy-Smart 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 via:

Hot water
Heating and air conditioning
Windows, walls and insulation

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550923179
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Series: Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Paul Scheckel is an energy auditor who has visited over 3,000 homes, educating people about energy efficiency, cost-effective improvements, and indoor air quality. With a passion for energy efficiency, 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Energy Literacy9
Primary Fuels9
Measuring Energy10
The Big Picture12
Where Does Energy Come From?18
Where Does the Energy Go?27
Home Energy Matters30
Comparing Fuel Energy and Costs36
Increase Efficiency, Reduce Waste51
How Heat Moves52
Next Steps55
Chapter 2Electricity57
Introduction to Using Electricity in Your Home57
Awareness: The Big Picture64
Where Does Electricity Go?67
Powerful Impacts68
Assessing Electric Use of Appliances72
Electrical Energy Audit90
Electrical Diet93
Home Power Safety94
Chapter 3Appliance Energy Use99
Power Use of Household Appliances99
Common Electrical Appliances99
Clothes Dryer Diet101
Clothes Washer Diet103
Dehumidifier Diet105
Dishwasher Diet106
Lighting Diet111
Cooking Diet116
Waterbed Diet119
Refrigerator and Freezer Diet120
Chapter 4Hot Water125
Awareness: The Big Picture126
Types of Water Heaters127
Maintaining Your Water Heater137
Water Heater Efficiency Measures149
How to Choose a New Water Heater158
Your Hot Water and Energy Consumption161
Hot Water Diet169
Chapter 5Heating and Air Conditioning171
Awareness: The Big Picture171
What Determines Home Heating Energy Consumption?173
Types of Heating Systems176
Efficiency Ratings for Heating Systems185
Efficiency Improvements186
Combustion Equipment and Fuel Safety191
Buying New200
Combustion Equipment Safety Diet201
Heating Diet206
Air Conditioning208
Air Conditioning Diet215
Chapter 6The Envelope, Please217
Air Leakage240
Envelope Improvement Assessment245
Air Leakage Diet247
Air and Moisture Movement248
Reducing Air and Moisture Movement250
Relative Humidity and Moisture Control255
Indoor Air Quality256
Ice Dams and Icicles265
Diet For a Warm, Dry, Healthy Envelope269
How to Perform a Heat Load Calculation on Your Home269
Chapter 7Buying New Appliances271
How to Buy A New Appliance271
Checklist for Choosing a New Energy-Efficient Appliance275
Financial Incentive276
Off-Grid Economics281
Appendix AHow Much Energy Do You Use?284
Appendix BYour Greenhouse Gas Profile287
Appendix CAppliance Use Chart290
Appendix DHeat-Load Calculations for Your House296

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