If I wanted to start learning about the basics of making a home more energy efficient where would you go?

Question by Winston: If I wanted to start learning about the basics of making a home more energy efficient where would you go?
If I wanted to start learning about the basics of making a home more energy efficientand installing some green energy applications, such as heated flooring, solar panels 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 18 gibbs 20
Check with your local power utility company. They always have info available. Also your county or state will have a department that will provide info.

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5 Responses to “If I wanted to start learning about the basics of making a home more energy efficient where would you go?”

  1. All the utility companies have pamphlets or flyers on how to make it better. A lot of it is common sense. Good insulation in the walls is a big one. I don’t care if you have a high efficiency furnace; if the house ain’t insulated well – then leave the front door open all night.
    Even more insulation in the ceiling. I got fiberglass which does not compress like shredded newspapers or cellulose insulation. I hear rock wool is even better and styrofoam boards is number one. Each one costs more as you get better insulation.
    Then door and window seals must be tight so no cold air blows in. Single pane glass is next to nothing. Better double glazed, better is triple glazed.
    So on and so forth. Piece by piece address each situation as a new leak. There is a way to make it better.

    You will have to dance to various web sites just to see what they suggest. Also note if the web site is in California or Australia or Mauii. Talk to your local builders supply and they may have free flyers on how to make your house more energy efficient.

  2. I think you’ve started in a pretty good place, here! If you go to a site like one that sells solar cells and such, they’re geared toward selling you solar cells (duh). What they’re likely to NOT tell you is how long (if ever) it will take those thousands of dollars worth of cells and batteries and wires to come close to breaking even, financially! Nope–they’re going to sell you solar cells and tell you how green you’re being and pat you on your back and sell you more every time you come back. All the while, they’re lining their pockets with your hard earned dollars and selling you overrated hi-tech junk. Want my advice? Put about a foot of insulation in your attic if there’s not a foot up there already. Get double pane windows. Change your furnace filters every 4 months or so. Still want green? If you are able, install a waterwheel and drive a generator with that. Look into trombe walls and indoor greenhouse designs for heat storage. Want heated flooring? Insulate under the floor with about R-19. You’ll be amazed!

  3. Some power companies will also do “free” or cheap energy evaluations in your home. Also, some HVAC companies can do some evaluation, including using infrared cameras to detect heat loss.

  4. There are many online courses available which will help you in clearing the basic but I must say that take help from professionals if you are serious about this. You know these things always a big help in mean times whenever you need it. But knowledge comes with practical.

  5. I have learned a lot by taking webinar’s by logging onto my local electric company. They are super informative and free. Log into their website and look for classes on the internet. It really helped me.

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