Heating and cooling your home is generally your largest energy bill, costing more than fueling your car, but you can make big cuts in your heating and cooling costs while still staying comfortable. Learn how you can dramatically reduce your costs through projects some small and some large, many of which you can do yourself that will reduce what it takes to keep your home's temperature where you want it. Learn what heating options are available today; including high efficiency gas and oil heating units, geothermal heat pumps, wood, outdoor wood boilers, coal, solar heating, wood pellets, corn, grass pellets, biofuels and others, and see how they stack up against each other in terms of installation costs and operating costs plus the steps of sizing and installing them are explained. You can then pick the one that best meets your needs and works best in your area. Also covered are what to do when you cannot afford heat; when the furnace breaks, heating in blackouts, or if the natural gas stops, as well as how to save on air conditioning costs, also some marketed ways of how not to save on heating costs that you should avoid and how to super insulate your house. This is a do-it-yourself book about how you can retrofit your existing house into the energy efficient home of tomorrow, while not breaking the bank, as well as covering how to make the best of what you have and how to get by on less if you have to. Much of the information in the book is from author's personal experience in reducing his own heating costs. Included are lots of handy trade secrets and tricks for fixing problems and installing things that can make life a lot easier even if times are hard. (20 chapters, 356 pages)
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About the Author
The author/handyman has worked in the building trades for most of his life and lives with his wife Karin and their sons Forest and Oliver in Wisconsin, a place where the importance of home heating is second only to having good cheese. The author's home, pictured on the cover, doesn't look much different than other homes (other than being orange), but costs far less to heat. The house built in the mid 50's, has been upgraded by the author into a super insulated home, heated by a high efficiency gas furnace and a wood furnace. The domestic hot water is heated by a vacuum tube solar system that can make it through some winters without the back-up gas water heater ever firing up. The house also has an air exchanger to provide fresh air and vent excess humidity, which also features an added intake air filter to filter out the smoke from an Outdoor Wood Boiler up the street. While his neighbor uses truck loads of wood to heat his house each winter, the author can heat his with only four cords of firewood and doesn't smoke up the neighborhood in the process. The author has modified his wood furnace to include a simple post combustion air system made from a few pieces of pumping pipe, that produces a smoke free fire. While not a Packer fan, (in WI that is enough to be) the "quirky" author, he does have more than a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to saving money and finding a better way of keeping warm or cool even in hard times.