Unfortunately, it’s hard to find accurate information on home energy efficiency work. Most how-to energy-saving books suggest tasks that don’t save energy, such as switching out furnace filters monthly. Their suggested tasks are uniform for the whole country, as well as their estimates of how much money you’d save, as though a new efficient furnace would save as much in Florida as in Maine.
Cambridge-based HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) is writing a better energy-saving book. HEET is an EPA-award-winning grassroots nonprofit. It has worked in hundreds of buildings from tiny homes to historic churches and taught over 3,000 volunteers hands-on skills. HEET knows how to save energy and water, as well as how to teach these critical skills in clear and simple language.
Today, I give you this, from the authors:
Many people want solar panels because they figure it’s the best way to help save the planet and reduce their energy bills. Yet few people understand it’s a lot cheaper and faster to use energy more efficiently. LED light bulbs (those fancy new bulbs hitting the market now) cost a fraction of the cost, per watt saved, compared to solar panels do, per watt created.
The great news about using energy more efficiently rather than creating renewable energy is that you can do it even if your home doesn’t have good solar orientation. There is a huge amount of wasted energy in everyone’s home. With a little effort you can harvest that energy and money savings in your bathroom, your attic and your kitchen.
HEET’s book called The Honest Book of Home Energy Saving for New England, has step-by-step photos, tells you how hard each task is, how much time it will take, and what tools you’ll need. The book explains the tasks renters can do, as well as homeowners. It gives information on how to access free and rebated services, find a good contractor and check the job was done right. HEET includes links to sites that sell the materials and it even shares with the reader its discounts with local manufacturers.
The Honest Book of Home Energy Saving reports how much each of these tasks will save in New England, given our climate, building stock, fuel costs and the types of fuels we use. The book includes access to easy-to-use web-based calculators so you can enter your own fuel prices and energy use to get utterly individualized results for each work item. HEET gets the majority of their energy and money saving information from Michael Blasnik, a renown energy-efficiency expert who has seen more energy bills than anyone else in the country.
The book will primarily be an e-book for the iPad, Kindle and other mobile devices. It will cost under $15. You can sign up to be notified when it’s ready in mid November. Then HEET will send you an email telling you how to order it from iTunes, Amazon and other sites. At that point you can look through a few chapters to make sure you really want it.
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