Episode-68- Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies – Book Review

Tony Teolis/ March 28, 2012/ Preparedness/ 0 comments


What I learned from Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies

  •  How to conduct my own home energy audit
  • Inspections focused on searching out moisture, air leaks, water leaks and unused plugged in items
  • How to turn a home into a producer not a consumer

What’s really good about this book

  • How it described the steps necessary to fix the audit findings without spending too much time or money
  • The part on water usage especially helpful to diagnosing and repairing water leaks
  • Chapter 11  covers how to get the most out of your appliances and what to consider when purchasing new ones
  • Chapter 16 is dedicated to introducing the reader to useful ideas and consideration for using solar power

Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies is a must read for

  • Any homeowner who wants to influence their future
  • People who are concerned about the impact their consumption has on their local and global communities
  • Anyone who wants more independence and control of their lives and finances

Episode-11- Repair A Broken Appliance Without Leaving Home Or Calling 

Episode-10- Cut Electric Costs and Extend the Life of Your Roof

Today I introduce you to Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies by Rik DeGunther. Being efficient means getting the most production with the least amount of effort and waste. For most people home is where the heart is and it is also the biggest consumer of your wealth. Homes are expensive and it is imperative to get the most for your money when purchasing and living in a home. To do so means that steps must be taken to ensure your home is an efficient consumer of the resources that make it what it is. A home consumes all aspects of efficiency. It consumes energy, finances, and labor while making pollution. With these four parts of the efficiency wheel taken into consideration it important to work towards having a home that consumes less and produces less pollution. It’s not just the right thing to do but the only way to prepare for a more expensive future with less resources is to start now.

Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies let’s you do just that. The journey towards making a home more efficient is typically a long one but it is one filled with new and measurable knowledge as well as the rekindled spirit of independence which is the natural state of us humans.
With Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies I learned how to how to conduct my own home energy audit. Understanding the details of a good and reliable audit dependson the right type of data collection. It took some time but I was able to gather information on all of our energy and water use and plug the numbers into a few formulas to calculate where waste could be eliminated. With the numbers in hand I was able to systematically inspect my home from top to bottom and all places in between. These inspections focused on searching out moisture, air leaks, water leaks and unused plugged in items. The list of problem is not long but left unaddressed for a long time could led to higher energy and water bills and home propblems later on.
What I really liked about the book was how it described the steps necessary to fix the audit findings without spending too much time or money. I found the part on water usage especially helpful to diagnosing and repairing water leaks. One of these fixes I put in episode 67 at to do list home.com Save Water And Money With Easy Leaky Toilet Fix. I also found validation for having a dishwasher from this book. Chapter 11 covers how to get the most out of your appliances and what to consider when purchasing new ones. Appliances consume about 40% of the energy bill and it’s important to do what you can to keep that under control. Your hot water heater eats half of that and chapter 16 is dedicated to introducing the reader to useful ideas and consideration for using solar power to dial back costs on hot water as well as other uses.
This book is an important resource for any homeowner who wants to influence their future. With the knowledge this book will impart over time people can make their homes smarter consumers and even learn to turn them into producers.
People who are concerned about the impact their consumption has on their local global communities will take pride in practicing some of the techniques that this book prescribes for lessening pressure on natural resources.
More importantly anyone who wants more independence and control of their lives over their finances will benefit from the ways in which this book motivates the reader to take action and empowers them to do so confidently. Once you get the hang of doing some of these things especially the home energy and efficiency audit you will want to share your knowledge and skills with friends family and neighbors. Once you understand home energy efficiency you can become more responsible in your communities and make it more productive too.

This book is available for $16 and you can find a link to it at ToDoListHome.com. I hope you found this review interesting and useful and I thank you for watching. That’s it for today now go and do something useful.

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