(Energy) Vampires Suck!
Spring is the perfect time to think about a fresh start. Why else would we go to the trouble of spring cleaning? As you go through your house getting it ready for a fresh start – tossing the junk that clouds your mind and sucks away your energy - why don’t you consider putting an end to the energy vampires that suck up your electricity?
The average household spends $100 a year to power devices that aren’t in use: chargers that aren’t charging anything, televisions, DVD players, stereos, and video game consoles that are in stand-by mode, and computers that hibernate. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend $100 for a special day with my special someone!
Want to know how much energy your devices are using when they’re “turned off?” Richland Library has Kill-a-Watt meters available for checkout at all eleven locations. The meters check out for three weeks and help you figure out how much energy each device in your home uses in a day, week, month, or year. (Instructions are included with the meter.) Follow five simple steps to set the meter for the cost of each kilowatt hour from your electric provider. Then, you plug in your appliances and the Kill-a-Watt does the work for you. If you have questions, we’re happy to help.
Amazon Says: Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, use renewable energy, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Sch more...
Amazon Says: Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, use renewable energy, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical advice for taking matters into your own hands. Understand the fundamentals of solar, wind, water, and biofuel energy production as you make your home ready for renewables. Each chapter of Homeowner's Energy Handbook provides a comprehensive discussion of renewable energy sources along with "green guides" for building your own energy-saving -- and energy-producing -- equipment. Step-by-step instructions show you how to build a bicycle-powered generator, a biodiesel processor, a thermosiphon solar hot-water collector, a biogas generator, a smokeless wood-gas camp stove, and more. Whether you want to button up your house to be more energy-efficient, find deep energy savings, or take your home entirely off the grid, this guide has the knowledge and skills you need to reduce your use, then produce! less...Amazon
Home Sweet Zero Energy Home: What It Takes to Develop Great Homes that Won't Cost Anything to Heat, Cool or Light Up, Without Going Broke or Crazy
Amazon Says: Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design, and renewable energy production. California has more...
Amazon Says: Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design, and renewable energy production. California has adopted zero net energy as the new residential standard for 2020; many other governments are considering similar policies. Developing zero energy homes is the first step towards making all buildings zero energy—a critical step in mitigating climate change, since buildings account for forty percent of material and energy use worldwide. Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is the first practical guidebook that clearly shows how zero energy homes can be good, livable, affordable homes. The author identifies all the pieces of the zero energy puzzle and how they fall into place, and explains how homeowners and buyers can also take smaller steps towards sharply reducing the energy use of existing buildings. Focusing on real costs and savings, this book takes an in-depth look at: Site selection and passive design Insulation, windows, doors, and building materials Heating and cooling Appliances and electronics Financial resources and incentives Whether you are a prospective buyer, owner, or developer, Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is your complete guide to creating a more comfortable, efficient, environmentally friendly home without breaking your back or your bank account. Barry Rehfeld has been a journalist for over thirty years and is the founder of the website Zero Energy Intelligence, where he writes about everything you need to know to build, buy, or renovate a home that produces as much energy as it uses. less...Amazon
Amazon Says: Go green and save some green at the same time Save Energy and Cut Your Bills offers you straightforward, achievable cost-cutting and energy saving strategies. It explai more...
Amazon Says: Go green and save some green at the same time Save Energy and Cut Your Bills offers you straightforward, achievable cost-cutting and energy saving strategies. It explains energy legislation and gives various ways to save energy in the home or in a rented property, with practical advice on heating, hot and cold water, electricity and appliances, stand-by systems, lighting, cooling systems--and even how to manage your teenagers' use of energy! With lots of useful tools to assess energy and carbon use, Save Energy and Cut Your Bills gives practical advice on everything from heating homes to managing those teenage consumers. It includes: "No cost," "low cost" and "investment" energy-saving actions Detailed installation costs and savings Advice on generating your own power Suggestions on green driving and being more sustainable in the garden You can also visit teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don't have much time, don't worry--this book gives you one-, five-, and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started. less...Amazon