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Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies (Home & Garden)

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Hands-on, practical solutions to save money by making smart energy changes

One of the best and most affordable strategies people can employ to combat global warming is to improve the energy and water efficiency of their homes. Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies provides homeowners with advice, tips, and projects to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency, and cut down on waste and pollution. After performing a do-it-yourself home energy audit, readers create an action plan based on their 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.

Rik DeGunther (Rescue, CA) is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy consulting firm that focuses on home energy audits and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems.

Save money with hands-on, smart household energy solutions!

Want to make eco-friendly changes in your house that will save energy? This practical guide is packed with tips and projects for increasing your home's energy efficiency while reducing costs and cutting down on waste and pollution. You'll see how to put together your own energy action plan based on your needs — and make your lifestyle more comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Learn from an energy expert — the author draws on his extensive experience to provide the best, most effective solutions

  • Evaluate your energy usage — perform a home energy audit and identify the areas that need improvement

  • Reduce inefficiencies inside and out — banish contaminants, seal and insulate your home, get more from your heating and air conditioning, fix leaks, and more

  • Cut costs in every room — use the right lights and switches, stop wasting water, and lessen the load on appliances

Open the book and find:

  • Explanations of energy costs

  • Advice on changing your consumption habits

  • Instructions for calculating your carbon footprint

  • The ten best efficiency investments

  • Tips for financing energy improvements

  • The pros and cons of different energy alternatives

  • Top solar investments

  • The most efficient ways to reduce waste

About the Author

Rik DeGunther is a design engineer and energy efficiency consultant. He is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy consulting firm that focuses on home energy audits and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems.

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