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This Cold House: The Simple Science of Energy Efficiencyby Colin Smith
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Does turning the thermostat down on a winter's night offset the costs of reheating the house in the morning? What will best prevent energy loss: new windows or insulation in the attic? Is heating oil cheaper than natural gas? Blending science with anecdote and example, Colin Smith answers questions like these, providing an insightful guide to creating an environmentally friendly home without sacrificing comfort.
Book News Annotation:
With plenty of anecdote and example as well as science, this book tells how to create a comfortable home in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way. Smith, a retired British university lecturer and teacher in consumer and environmental issues, does not, fortunately, write like a lecturer. In simple, frequently folksy language, he provides readers with an understanding of the basic principles of heating and cooling, and how to determine which equipment and systems are best suited to their circumstances. Related topics include insulation, energy efficiency and costs associated with different systems, and the future of solar, wind, and hydropower systems. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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