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How to save Thousands of Dollars and Help the Environment with Minor Improvements to your Home

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Introduction

Introduction

Home Energy Audits

Energy Auditing Tips

On-Site Energy Use In Homes

For Renters: Saving Energy In Your Apartment

Use The Whole-Building Design Approach

Building Envelope Components

Select Cost Analysis Method

Renovation

Building An Addition To Your Home

Appliances

Buying Energy Efficient Appliances

How Much Electricity Do Home Appliances Use?

Computer

Monitor

Printer

TV And DVD, VCR

Washer

Dryer

Laundry Tips

Oven

Dishwasher

Dishwasher Tips

Refrigerator

Refrigerator/Freezer Energy Tips

Other Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips

Combustion Appliance Safety Tips

Heating

Heating And Cooling Your Home

Heating And Cooling Tips

Automatic And Programmable Thermostats

Sizing Heating And Air-Conditioning Systems

Ductwork

Duct Tips

Lowering The Energy Use Of Your Furnace Or Boiler

Energy Efficient Gas Heating For The Home

Replacing Your Furnace Or Boiler

How To Buy An Energy Efficient Gas Furnace

Saving Energy With Electric Resistance Heating

Radiant Floor Heating And Cooling Systems

Radiant Floor Heat

Passive Solar Heating

Active Solar Heating Systems Performance/Reliability

Residential Solar Heating Retrofits

Residential Solar Heating Collectors

Heat Exchangers For Solar Heating Systems

Heat Transfer Fluids For Solar Heating Systems

Scaling And Corrosion In Solar Heating Systems

Freeze Protection For Solar Heating Systems

Cooling

Cooling Your Home Efficiently

Passive Solar Cooling

Cooling Your Home Naturally

Cooling Your Home With Fans And Ventilation

Installing And Using A Whole House Fan

Evaporative Cooling

Cooling System

Air-Conditioning

Energy Efficient Air-Conditioning

Choosing Or Upgrading Your Central Air-Conditioner

How To Buy Energy Efficient Central Air-Conditioners

Lowering Your Central Air-Conditioner's Energy Use

Choosing A Room Air-Conditioner

Lowering Your Room Air-Conditioner's Energy Use

Cooling Tips

Absorption Cooling

Chillers

New Chillers

Desiccant Dehumidification

Heat Pumps

Using A Heat Pump To Heat And Cool Your Home

Heat Pump Innovations

Choosing A Heat Pump

Lowering Your Heat Pump Energy Use

Air-Source Heat Pumps

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal Heat Pumps Make Sense For Homeowners

Geothermal Heat Pump Environmental/Energy Benefits

Fireplaces and Wood Heating

Wood Heating For The Home

Fireplace Accessories And Inserts

Fireplace Tips

Water Heating

Water Heating

Conventional Water Heating Efficiency

Energy Efficient Water Heating

Water Heating Tips

Selecting A New Water Heater

Demand Water Heaters (Tankless or Instantaneous)

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Drain Water Heat Recovery

Solar Water Heaters

Solar Hot Water Systems

Water

Reducing Your Water Use

Shower

Toilet

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Insulation

Insulation

How Does Insulation Work For You?

Does Your Home Need More Insulation?

Determining The R-Value You Need For A House

Building A New House? Things You Should Know

What Kind Of Insulation Should You Buy?

Insulation Tips

Before You Insulate

Sources Of Air Leaks In Your Home

Insulation And Weatherization

Sealing Air And Moisture Leaks

You Must Prevent Moisture Accumulation

Vapor Diffusion Retarders And Air Barriers

Can You Do It Yourself?

If You Do It Yourself

If You Have It Done Professionally

New and Alternative Insulation Materials and Products

Reflective Insulation

Rolls And Batts

Foam And Foam Board Insulation

Loose-Fill Insulations

Sprayed Fiber Insulation

Radiant Barrier Introduction

Radiant Barriers

Radiant Barrier Effect On Heating And Cooling Bills

Important Non-Energy Factors Of Radiant Barriers

Radiant Barrier Installation Procedures

Wall Systems

Wood

Steel

Concrete

Structural Insulated Panels

Insulating Foundations

Foundation

Straw Bale Construction

Doors and Windows

Sunspace Basics

Weatherization

Weatherize Your Home - Caulk And Weather Strip

Exterior Doors And Storm Doors

Fenestration: Windows, Doors, And Skylights

Windows

Storm Windows

Warm-Climate Window Tips

Cold-Climate Window Tips

Solar Heat Gain Control For Windows

Energy Efficient Windows

Buying Windows For Energy Efficiency

Window Shopping Tips

Shades And Awnings

Skylights For Residences

Roofs

Roofing Coatings

Asphalt Roofing

Metal Roofing

Wood Roofing

Concrete And Tile Roofing

Single-Ply Roofing

Roofing Recycled Content

Solar Roofing Shingles

Aluminum Roofing

Lighting

Lighting

Daylighting

Electric Lighting

Energy Efficient Lighting

Lamps

Incandescent Lamps

Fluorescent Lamps

Compact Fluorescent Lamps

High-Intensity Discharge Lamps

Low-Pressure Sodium Lamps

Ballasts

Solid-State Lighting

Luminaires (Light Fixtures)

Lighting Controls

Manual Dimming

Photosensors

Occupancy Sensors

Clock Switches Or Timers

Centralized Controls

Indoor Lighting Tips

Outdoor Lighting Tips

Outdoor Photovoltaic Lighting

Landscaping

Landscaping

Landscaping For Energy Efficiency

Landscaping Tips - Dependent On Geographic Area

Swimming Pools

Heating Your Swimming Pool With Solar Energy

Solar Energy

Using Solar In Your Home

Assessing Climate To Improve Solar Design

Passive Solar Design

Thermal Storage

Solar Hot Water And Space Heating & Cooling

Solar Tips

Solar Energy System Maintenance And Repair

Thin-Film PV: Leadership In Materials R&D

Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics - Design Principles And Components

Photovoltaic Systems

(See Energy Savings Glossary at end of book)

Health Concerns

Indoor Air Pollution

Carbon Monoxide

What You Should Know About Combustion Appliances and Indoor Air Pollution

Carbon Monoxide Concerns

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Checklist to Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

Mold In Your Home

Guide to Mold and Moisture in Your Home

Mold Cleanup

Lead and Your Health

Lead in Paint, Dust, and Soil

Basic Lead Information

Health Effects of Lead

Where Lead is Found

Where Lead is Likely to be a Hazard

What You Can do to Protect Your Family

Checking Your Family and Home for Lead

How to find a Qualified Lead Professional

What will I learn if I hire a Lead professional?

Are Lead professionals required to be certified or licensed?

What if my State doesn't have a certification program?

What if the Lead paint in my home poses a hazard?

Basic Questions about Testing Your Home For Lead In Paint, Dust, And Soil

Specific Questions about Testing Paint, Dust, and Soil for Lead

Other Frequently Asked Questions about Lead Testing

Are You Buying or Renting a Home built before ?

Remodel or Renovate a Home with Lead-Based Paint

Reducing Lead Hazards when Remodeling your Home

Asbestos and Your Health

How To Identify Materials That Contain Asbestos

If You Hire A Professional Asbestos Inspector

If You Hire A Corrective-Action Contractor

Vermiculite Attic Insulation

What is vermiculite insulation?

Do I have vermiculite insulation?

Is vermiculite insulation a problem?

What should I do if I have vermiculite attic insulation in my home?

What if I occasionally have to go into my attic?

What are the next steps?

Is my health at risk from previous exposures to the asbestos in the insulation?

Where can I get info on insulation testing or removal?

What about work-related exposure to vermiculite?

Radon Gas In Your Home

Guide to Protecting Your Family From Radon

Buying a New Home? How to Protect Your Family from Radon

Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction

How To Select A Contractor

Living in a House with a Radon Reduction System

Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes

How Was Radon Discovered?

Exposure to Radon

Health Effects of Radon

Protecting People from Radon

Radon - Frequently Asked Questions

Drinking Water

How Safe Is The Drinking Water In My Well?

Drinking Water From Household Wells

(See Drinking Water Glossary at end of book)

Conclusion

Conclusion

Additional Photo Pages

The Author

Energy Saving Home Improvements Glossary

Health Concerns Drinking Water Glossary

Index

 

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