Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings: Save Money, Save the by Jennifer Thorne Amann

By Jennifer Thorne Amann

How effective are front-load washing machines? whilst is it time to switch your previous fridge? those questions and plenty of extra are replied within the patron advisor to domestic strength rate reductions, a one-stop source for shoppers who are looking to enhance their home’s power functionality and decrease expenditures. Zeroing in at the most valuable reaction could be a problem; this 9th variation cuts throughout the confusion. Well-organized and hugely readable, the patron advisor to domestic power reductions starts off with an summary of the interrelationships among power use, economics, and the surroundings. Chapters specialise in particular components in the house, corresponding to electronics, lights, heating, cooling, air flow, kitchen, and laundry, and supply important motives for every, together with: Describing strength use features Drawing comparisons among to be had applied sciences Outlining the main least expensive fix and alternative ideas delivering step by step tips for locating the precise apparatus Describing how the gear operates Summarizing how a lot strength is used or misplaced integrated are pointers on enhancing latest apparatus and tips for whilst and why shoppers can buy new energy-efficient gear, in addition to a reminder to examine neighborhood executive and application incentives for buy or retrofit supplies. This consultant should be a useful source to all shoppers focused on decreasing either their power debts and their environmental impression. Jennifer Thorne Amann is a senior affiliate within the ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient economic climate) structures and gear software. Alex Wilson is president of BuildingGreen, Inc., writer of Your eco-friendly domestic, and government editor of Environmental construction information.

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Common residential indoor pollutants include excessive moisture, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), combustion products, radon, pesticides, dust particles, viruses, and bacteria. All of these are known to affect human health, and the resulting odors, dampness, stale air and stuffiness also make a house less comfortable. Most control strategies help with both gases and “particulates” like dust, pollen, and smoke particles. However, while filters of increasing sophistication can trap most nuisance and harmful particulates, there really aren’t comparable removal strategies for gases.

Or to keep things simpler, you can order the same glazings for the east-, west-, and north-facing windows. Some window manufacturers now produce both “northern” and “southern” climate low-e products. But other window manufacturers may still offer just one type of low-e glazing as their standard, and charge extra for substitutions—if they provide options at all. So a decision to choose different glazings for windows of different orientations may require some extra shopping around. If you do order different glazings for your different windows, be sure to keep track of which windows have which type of glazing, because they will probably all look identical!

These can be closed at night to significantly cut down on heat loss. They can also be closed on hot summer days to keep out unwanted heat gain. Look for shades or drapes that fit into tracks to keep air from passing around the edges. ■ Buying New Windows Because of the impact windows have on both heat loss and heat gain, proper selection of products can be confusing. To add to the complexity, window glazing technology has changed tremendously in recent years. The best window glazings today insulate almost four times as well as the best commonly available windows from just fifteen years 35 Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings ago.

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