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The Homeowner’s Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements

The Homeowner’s Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements

In The Homeowner’s Guide to Energy Efficiency, John Krigger and Chris Dorsi help homeowners set realistic personal goals for reducing their energy consumption. Their methods for making homes more energy efficient will also improve comfort, safety, durability, and resale value. They guide readers through the process of assessing current energy usage and predicting the benefits and estimating the costs of remodeling options. With projects ranging from simple fixes to large-scale renovations, this book offers solutions for the energy-conscious homeowner, regardless of budget, technical ability, or time.

A. T. Sterner says:

I am an energy auditor and I spend much time educating people about energy efficiency, conservation, products, building science, and more. This book is a life and time saver! Since it became available, I’ve been able to point folks to it and have saved myself lots of time. The book is very easy to understand, very thorough, with good graphics. Everyone who owns a home should have this book. And, everyone who is wanting to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint, AND fix their home should have this book.

About the Author
John Krigger is a highly respected authority in the field of energy conservation for buildings and the author of several books. He has been a passionate advocate of efficient construction technology for over thirty years. He is now working with other building scientists to develop the next generation of construction techniques for North America. Chris Dorsi has spent the last thirty years fine-tuning homes across North America. He has founded construction companies, developed real estate projects, and audited thousands of residential buildings. He is a widely acclaimed author and speaker who has motivated and enabled both homeowners and trade professionals to improve the efficiency and minimize the environmental footprint of their buildings.


Pure Drinking Water from Air

A couple of years ago we reported on a water from air unit we used in the Caribbean island of St. Maarten ( This was a compressor based unit, that works like a dehumidifier and extracts the humidity and purifies it for drinking. We recently came across a non compressor unit, which reduces cost, and energy consumption. We have a sample coming next month, and the technology looks exciting. It uses a hygroscopic film, with electrostatic and carbon filters. We will keep you posted.


New Podcast Service

We are putting together a weekly podcast broadcast on renewable energy and self sufficiency. We will be discussing things you can do to reduce your energy consumption, produce your own energy and food, and be more self sufficient. email us at to have questions or comments aired. Listen to the episodes in the podcast list in the left column of this website.


ENERGY SAVERS — practical ways individuals and businesses can save energy.

  • 4/22 – GREEN-CENTIVES.    Companies offering workers a bonus to buy hy-brids, solar panels, and other measures to save energy.  Good for the environment AND business, because it attracts top employees.
  • 4/23 – CARBON OFFSETS.   You hear the term ‘carbon offsets’ used a lot these days.  This piece explains how people can buy “offsets” in order to subsidize businesses that turn waste into energy.   
  • 4/24 – CLUBS.    New clubs help neighbors reduce energy consumption.  Like Weight Watchers, the groups meet to compare energy bills and share tips for savings.

Getting Paid to Drive Green:

Learning About Emissions From Business:

Calculating Your Carbon Footprint:


How much energy does a product use?

When we buy electrical devices, or we need to test one we have, we use a special meter called a watt-hour meter to see how much energy a unit uses over time. The meter we have is called a Kill-A-Watt, and it reports volts, amps, watts, watt-hours, power factor, frequency (important for tuning a generator), and time. Approximately $30, this is one tool no conserving household shoule be without. Take it when shopping for appliances for comparing energy consumption.

Energy Self Sufficiency

The June issue of ESSN has hit the bit-stands, and is available for free download (PDF) or HTML viewing.

With articles on conservation, low voltage LED lighting, off-grid living, a book review on solar hydrogen, and keeping your house cool during summer heat, there is something here for everyone who is looking to reduce their energy consumption, save money, and live a greener life.

Back Issues are also available with articles on biofuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, and methane, as well as a host of Self Sufficiency and Sustainability tutorials.

Steve Spence
Dir., Green Trust

Contributing Editor