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The Energy Wise Home

Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet

Jeff Dondero

When picking out a home, there are a number of aspects to keep in mind: location, size, and layout. One issue that many people neglect is energy conservation, which is quickly becoming one of the most important aspects of modern life. How do make your home energy wise? Where do you start? What aspects of home living can affect, and be affected by, our energy choices? This task can be momentous and intimidating.

The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet makes it easy. Jeff Dondero walks you through your home’s walls, doors, windows, and roof, room by room and appliance by appliance, breaking them down into simple terms so that you can make the smartest energy and resource choices possible. He even covers gardens and garages, explaining what household items cost to run, how to conserve energy when using them, giving guidance on what’s sustainable and what isn’t. This encyclopedic manual is very helpful for understanding the machine that is your house, and how to keep it maintained and running well and “green” while saving you money.

This guide is a great fit to make sure that you make the best of your home and the resources that power and run it. Conservation in the home is something that you owe to yourself, your family, and your planet.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 352Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-7947-6 • Hardback • May 2017 • $36.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-7948-3 • eBook • May 2017 • $34.00 • (£23.95)
Jeff Dondero has a diverse background and experience in writing, ranging from web content, B2B, books, hard news, and interviews to feature writing. He began his career as stringer and freelancer for the San Francisco Examiner, worked as a reporter and editor for several suburban newspapers, was the entertainment editor for The Marin Independent Journal, a writer and editor of various magazines, wrote for KTVU-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area, toiled in a trade magazine mill, and created a website dedicated to sustainable construction industries (http://www.greenbuildingdigest.net/). He was invited as a writer-in-residence at the art colony in Rancho Vista, Arizona in 2014, where he wrote a slim volume of poetry. He continues to expand his national readership with books, social media, various writers’ blogs and websites, radio and television appearances.
1 Conserve to preserve: what does this mean to me?
2 Your home and the resources it consumes
3 How to read your utility bill
4 Smart meters
5 The smart home: an intelligent choice
6 Insulation & weatherization:
7 Defeating drafts: infiltration & exfiltration
8 Roofs, attics & celings
9 Windows & doors
10 Floors & basement
11 Walls
12 Fireplaces
13 A clean and clear air supply
14 The thermostat
15 Water watch
16 A boiling energy eater
17 Air conditioning
18 Keeping comfy cozy efficiently
19 The bathroom
20 The kitchen
21 Clean you clothes, not your wallet
22 Recycling the circular fan
23 Thrifty domestic devices
24 Standby power
25 The non renewables
26 The renewables
27 The arteries of energy
28 Petroleum penance & the price of fossil fuels
29 Pools, hot tubs, and spas
30 The garden and yard
31 Watering without waste
32 Plant a tree
33 Using your personal energy efficiently
34 Energy assistance
35 What to do after the electricity fails
36 Reduce, rethink, reuse, restore
37 The do-it-yourself home energy audit
After reading Dondero's book, and having spent 20+ years in the sustainability camp, I believe he has covered the most important points for home owners. Energy conservation is the cheapest way to cut energy consumption and he has delivered the best advice. A timely tome!
Jon Dougal, President, SupraAlgae, Inc.

Jeff Dondero makes a valuable contribution with The Energy Wise Home, especially with the point-by-point, room-by-room approach. The chapters on smart meters and smart homes give the book a really up to date perspective. If you think your utility bills are too high, as mine are, buy this book!
Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow; "The Godfather of Green" – Wired Magazine; author; keynote speaker; sustainability consultant