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Introduction

This book is going to cover every aspect of energy saving home improvements from A to Z. This book shows you how easy it is to reduce your home energy use by 50%. It is a guide to easy, practical solutions for saving energy throughout your home. From the insulating system that surrounds your house, to the appliances and lights inside - every topic is discussed in detail. If you follow the valuable tips in this book then you will save energy and money plus help the environment by reducing pollution and conserving our natural resources. A lot of the information in this educational material goes well beyond what's covered in other books. That's why I say "Don't buy, sell, or renovate your home without this!"

Most of us are so busy with our daily routine of work and family, that we don't have enough time to sit back and "smell the roses" and enjoy what we already have. We take for granted the conveniences of everyday life brought to us by our utilities: electricity, fossil fuels like gas and oil, clean water, etc. We also often take for granted the beauty of nature all around us: trees, plants and flowers, fresh air, sunlight, diverse wildlife in the forests and oceans, etc. We sometimes fail to remember how fragile nature and the global environment really is. If you find yourself too occupied with work and your daily routine, then think of this as a motivating factor to read this book and implement the advice:

  • Use the energy saving home improvement tips to benefit your pocketbook with utility bill savings.

  • But much more importantly - do it for your children and grandchildren so they won't have to pay for a dirty environment that we created. A healthy global environment is the best gift you could ever give to your children and grandchildren!

Most of the energy produced in the United States is from fossil fuels - particularly coal and oil - in processes that contribute to a number of air pollution problems, such as smog and global climate change. Buying energy efficient appliances and implementing the tips promoted in this book will...

  • Save natural resources and protect the environment.

  • Lower utility bills.

  • Most likely let you qualify for a larger mortgage.

  • Make your home more affordable and comfortable.

  • Improve indoor air quality.

Saving Money, Energy, And The Environment: The amount of energy wasted just through poorly insulated windows and doors is about as much energy as we get from the Alaskan pipeline each year! And electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars. By using a few inexpensive energy efficient measures, you can reduce your energy bills by up to 50% and, at the same time, help reduce air pollution.

The key to achieving these savings is a whole-house energy efficiency plan - which this book will show you. To take a whole-house approach, view your home as an energy system with interdependent parts. For example, your heating system is not just a furnace, it's a heat-delivery system that starts at the furnace and delivers heat throughout your home using a network of ducts. You may have a top-of-the-line, energy efficient furnace, but if the ducts leak and are not properly insulated, and your walls, attic, windows, and doors are not properly insulated, then your energy bills will remain high. Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy ensures that dollars you invest in energy efficiency are wisely spent.

Energy efficient improvements not only make your home more comfortable, they can yield long-term financial rewards. Reduced operating costs more than make up for the higher price of energy efficient appliances and improvements over their lifetimes. Improvements also qualify you for an energy efficiency mortgage, which allows lenders to use a higher-than-normal debt-to-income ratio to calculate loan potential. In addition, your home will have a higher resale value.

Why did I create this book? All of my books were written to help people with the biggest investment they make - their own home! I was in the process of updating my other real estate books and DVDs that I authored. Part of my research for those book updates dealt with energy efficiency and health concerns in homes. I went through thousands of pages of documents, brochures, and studies compiled by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and all of their associated groups and laboratories. There was a tremendous amount of useful information that was extremely well researched and analyzed by the DOE and EPA. The U.S. DOE, EPA, and their associated laboratories have spent many millions of dollars analyzing energy use, energy saving technologies, and health concerns for homes and commercial buildings. Since the DOE and EPA research is so vast, I realized that there would be too much information to include in an energy saving and health concerns chapter in my existing two books. As a result, the idea for this book was born! I read through the thousands of pages of documents from the DOE and EPA. Then I selected, sorted, and compiled the research dealing with residential homes. The finished result is this book with all of the available research dealing with topics that home owners, buyers, sellers, builders, contractors, and real estate professionals would need or want to know.

Note: Some of the information contained in different chapters and sections of this book are similar. This is because there are many important aspects that pertain to both sections discussed. I hope you don't feel that the information is redundant in those sections. It will only benefit you to read it several times to make sure you know the information well enough so it doesn't cost you time and money later. Also, some of the graphics in this book are low-resolution images from the DOE and EPA web sites that do not have perfect clarity. I apologize if any of the graphics or images are a little grainy and not perfectly clear. The DOE and EPA did not have high-resolution images for some of the graphics. Since my books are all self-edited and self-published, I do the best I can with the time and resources I have available.

Please send me an email and let me know what you think of this book and any recommendations you might have for improvements or new products. I accept positive and negative comments since both help me to improve the next version of the book. I am always looking to improve my products and services and I greatly appreciate customer feedback and suggestions. Also, you can sign up through our Nemmar Real Estate Training web site at www.nemmar.com to receive our free real estate newsletter with articles and product updates that will definitely help you profit in real estate investing.

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