New Consumer Guide Illuminates Home Energy Savings

December 18, 2012

10th Edition Features New Lighting, Home Electronics, and Water Heating Information

Washington, D.C.—“Save Money, Save the Earth.” That motto has appeared on the cover of every edition of theConsumer Guide to Home Energy Savings since the first book was published in 1991. It’s a big promise, and one that appears on the 10th and newest edition released today by the co-publishers, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and New Society Publishers (NSP).

But is it true? According to Jennifer Thorne Amann, ACEEE buildings program director and lead author of the Consumer Guide: “Every kilowatt-hour you avoid using saves over a pound of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be pumped into the atmosphere. So, if you take your 20-cubic-foot refrigerator from 1998 and replace it with an energy-efficient 2012 model, you’ll save more than 300 kilowatt-hours and 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. That translates to real savings on your energy bill, and real progress toward curbing carbon dioxide emissions from your home!”

Achieving energy savings in the home isn’t just about replacing older appliances, though, as the thousands of consumers who have relied upon prior editions know. Many consumers have followed the Consumer Guide’s advice and gotten top-notch home energy audits to inform their decisions on what energy efficiency improvements to make. Others have taken advantage of their state’s or utility’s energy efficiency incentives to realize budget-friendly home improvements such as insulating their homes or installing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

With major expansions and updates to the lighting, home electronics, building envelope, and water heating chapters, the new edition of the Consumer Guide helps homeowners and renters decide which improvements will yield the most bang for their buck and help them incorporate energy efficiency into future projects.

The 10th edition relies heavily on clear illustrations and highly readable, well-organized chapters that provide extensive information on home heating and cooling, ventilation, electronics, lighting, water heating, cooking, and laundry. Readers will learn the latest developments in green technology. All of the chapters provide helpful explanations for:

  • Energy use characteristics
  • Comparisons among available technologies
  • Cost-effective repair and replacement options
  • Step-by-step guidance for finding the right equipment

Mother Earth News awarded the new Consumer Guide for Home Energy Savings its “Books for Better Living Recommendation,” a designation which is intended to inform its readers about the very best inspirational information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles.

Hard copies of the book—printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper—can be ordered for $18.95 (plus shipping and handling) directly from New Society Publishers or from major retail booksellers. An e-Book is also available on the New Society Publishers’ site. Bulk sales discounts and trade book publisher requests should be directed to New Society Publishers.

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.