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The Green Home Renovation Revolution: Save Money, Save the Environment

High energy bills got you down? Worried about the future of planet Earth? Fear not! Green building expert Jeff Wilson is here to help you save money and the environment this Father’s Day, and beyond.

“Weatherization on steroids” is how Wilson describes the deep energy retrofits (DERs) outlined in his book, The Greened House Effect. Drawing on 25 years of construction experience and the DER of his family’s own 1942 home, Wilson goes beyond the low-hanging fruit such as recycling and changing light bulbs, and instead presents a green renovation plan for homeowners that is both extensive and practical.

“Pay for your deep energy retrofit improvements with the money you’ll save on energy bills and get paid to generate your own energy right at home,” writes Wilson in the book’s introduction. “This grassroots, people-powered solution captures the energy we ‘drop on the ground’ every day to ensure and improve our comfort, health, prosperity, environment, and security in the new energy economy.”

In a readable and engaging narrative, The Greened House Effect offers information on energy-saving techniques, including:

  • Superinsulation;

  • Air sealing;

  • Energy miser appliances;

  • Financing your DER;

  • Renewable energy generation; and more.

Soon enough, those high energy bills you once worried about will be a thing of the past. And you can feel good about doing something nice for your home, your wallet, and the planet.

“Jeff Wilson has provided an extraordinary service to all of us who are struggling to make our homes more energy-efficient,” writes Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House series. “I know of no other book that takes the reader on such a thoroughly entertaining but equally fact-filled tour of all the options and challenges in making an older home equal to, or better than, new. For anyone who is serious about making their existing home a better custodian of our planet’s resources, The Greened House Effect is a must read.”

Read Chapter 1: Why A Deep Energy Retrofit? below.

Chapter 1: Why A Deep Energy Retrofit?


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