Make Your Home Eco-Friendly with "Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies®"

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New book from the ever popular For Dummies series guides homeowners through simple projects to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency, and cut down on waste and pollution.

Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies

If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home in an efficient manner, you need to first understand the economics of your overall consumption.

Soaring oil and natural gas prices, recession fears, and growing concern over global warming are driving Americans to find ways to save money, decrease household energy use, and help the environment. "Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies®" (Wiley, October 2008, ISBN: 978-0-470-37602-7), by design engineer Rik DeGunther, provides homeowners with clear-cut advice, tips, and projects to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency, and cut down on waste and pollution.

DeGunther writes, "If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home in an efficient manner, you need to first understand the economics of your overall consumption." To help the reader analyze their own resource use, they can perform a do-it-yourself home energy audit that helps create an action plan based on personal goals. Readers are presented with a wide range of potential solutions, from making better use of blinds and awnings to exploring geothermal options in order to reduce household costs and their impact on the planet.

Full of detailed illustrations and useful tips, "Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies" provides readers with the necessary tools for turning a home into a model of efficiency. Small scale tips include everything from searching for leaks to help seal and insulate a home to installing clever switches for reducing electric bills. Larger scale projects include tasks like making a solar water purifier, creating a complete swimming pool solar system designed to heat a pool using only sunlight, and even plans for how to build an energy-efficient home from the ground up. The majority of the projects and home improvements described in the book are ones which homeowners can do themselves; however, when it is necessary to hire a contractor, DeGunther recommends the most effective way to do so.

Many shy away from becoming more energy-efficient for fear of having to give up a certain kind of lifestyle, but DeGunther shows readers how far even the smallest of adjustments can go. Whether you're new to the energy-efficiency movement or consider yourself an avid enthusiast, "Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies" is a must have resource!

Like all For Dummies® books, "Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies" concludes with 'The Part of Tens,' which includes the ten best energy-efficient investments, ten "ridiculously easy" energy-saving tips, and the ten best solar investments. A helpful 'Cheat Sheet' in the front of the book shows the typical power draws for appliances most commonly used every day and also includes a list of handy contacts which can provide more information on energy-efficient technology, guidelines, and resources for energy efficient products and services.

About the Author
Rik DeGunther holds a BS in Engineering Physics and a dual Masters degree in Applied Physics and Engineering Economic Systems. Rik is a design engineer and worked for the better part of two decades designing various weather-related and environmental control systems, including all things solar. Since 1999, he has worked as an energy efficiency consultant and started his own energy consulting firm, Efficient Homes, which focuses on energy auditing and consulting for homeowners and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems. Rik is also the author of "Solar Power Your Home For Dummies®."

Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies®
By Rik DeGunther
ISBN: 978-0-470-37602-7 / $21.99 U.S. / October 2008

For more straightforward information on home construction and renovation, check out:
Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies®, Freed, ISBN: 978-0-470-17559-0
Solar Power Your Home For Dummies®, DeGunther, ISBN: 978-0-470-17569-9
Green Living For Dummies®, Jeffery, ISBN: 978-0-470-22742-8

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About For Dummies®
With near universal name recognition, more than 200 million copies printed, and over 1000 topics, For Dummies is the world's bestselling reference series. With loyal customers around the globe, For Dummies enriches people's lives by making knowledge accessible in a fun and easy way. Described by the New York Times as "more than a publishing phenomenon, but a sign of the times," For Dummies span every section of the bookstore, covering everything from health to history, music to math, sports to self-help, technology to travel, and more. The For Dummies brand has expanded into new products and categories with an extensive licensed product line, including fitness and hobby DVDs, grilling kits, business software, cleaning products, automotive kits, craft kits, and apparel. For more information, visit For Dummies is a branded imprint of Wiley.

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