If I wanted to start learning about the basics of making a home more energy efficient, and installing?

Question by Winston: If I wanted to start learning about the basics of making a home more energy efficient, and installing?
Some green energy applications, such as heated flooring and such, where would be a good place to turn? My local library has very few books on the subject. Any suggestions for websites, magazines or so forth?

I have plenty of time to research, I won’t even be buying a junker of a house for a while.

Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by balloon buster
Mother earth news, underground housing ( I believe the book is published by the University of North Dakota), and read all you can on the subject. Two things to beware of, charlatans and overly enthusiastic people lacking in experience. I have been in a couple of underground houses that were energy efficient but stifling due to lack of air turnover. See the NoDak book on camel’s nose. I have been in extremely efficient modern designed houses that suffer from the same problem. Basically, you are building a space ship or submarine. Think of it in those terms.

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3 Responses to “If I wanted to start learning about the basics of making a home more energy efficient, and installing?”

  1. There is a guy named Bob Ford?????, who sells home energy information such as make your own solar panels, batteries.

  2. Research the folllowing

    Passive Hus

    Passive Solar Homes

    For information on Solar Hot water Systems Lessons Learned 1977-today by Tom Lanes book

    Get a subscription to Home Energy Magazine with the cd with all past issues.

    Residential Energy by Dorsi Krigger

    energy star website

    building science dot com

    my website

    this should give you enough to chew on and find your way around

  3. Consider performing a audit of a property and then working out the best efficiency improvements in terms of return on investment.
    A power point energy meter (~$ 30) can be useful to see if your standby power use is too high.
    Swapping CFL instead of incandescent lights is an easy efficiency gain.
    Insulation improvements can save a great deal on heating and cooling costs.
    Installing water efficient shower heads and tap aerators will save on water and water heating costs.
    Enabling computer power management can put computers to sleep when not in use.
    Careful selection of efficient appliances can save power in the long run.
    Building power meters are useful to confirm your improvements are working.

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