The Greened House Effect by Jeff Wilson
Renovating Your Home with a Deep Energy Retrofit

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With greater public awareness of the need for energy independence, the issue of how we can make our existing homes more resource efficient is becoming ever more critical. Residential buildings make up a large fraction of our energy needs, largely due to heating and air-conditioning. So it's no longer enough to simply do the small stuff, like switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, or turning down the thermostat at night.


In The Greened-House Effect, author Jeff Wilson brings his twenty-five years of construction experience and knowledge of home building to bear on making our current houses cleaner, greener, and healthier. Think of a deep-energy retrofit (DER) as a "home makeover" - one that represents a significant investment, but that saves money from the get-go by capturing the energy you "drop on the ground" every month, every year, through inefficiency, poor design, or simply living in a typical older home.


Using his own family's DER of their 1942 home as a prime example, Wilson weaves a readable narrative at a practical, hammer-and-nail level. He presents the solutions to our building and energy problems, making them seem possible for average homeowners and small contractors by offering the right set of information, skills, and materials.


More technical information is presented in sidebars and graphs, and numerous color photos illustrate the process, including:



Testing the energy efficiency of your home and learning where improvements need to be made
Issues of local building codes and regulations
Financing and paying for a DER
Major components of the DER, such as roofs, exterior walls, basements, and home systems

Wilson's building experience, along with his lifelong passion for energy issues, all come together to form an inspirational, can-do approach to making our neighborhood, our community, our nation, and our world a better place - one home at a time.

 

About Jeff Wilson

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Jeff Wilson has twenty-five years' experience in the building industry, both as a "pickup contractor" and as a television and radio host for various programs on the HGTV and diy networks. In his career he has demonstrated and done everything from small-scale home-construction projects to historic-home renovations. Together with his wife he runs his own video production company (Little Blue House Productions) and operates a website ( www.jeffwilsonregularguy.com ). He is currently developing a multimedia website based on this project ( www.thegreenedhouseeffect.com ). He lives with his family in Athens, Ohio.
 
Published May 24, 2013 by Chelsea Green Publishing. 280 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Deseret News

Called a Deep Energy Retrofit or DER, the upgrade is more than a patchwork of projects to catch specific energy leaks — it is a complete home makeover that changes the whole nature of the home's power, gas and water usage.

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of The Greened House Effect: Ren...

ForeWord Reviews

Motivated by the desire to cut his home’s energy costs, he began discovering a greater impact to “a deep energy retrofit,” in which changes to single homes could add up to far-reaching changes for the United States.

Jun 07 2013 | Read Full Review of The Greened House Effect: Ren...

How energy efficient is your home? HGTV and DIY Network host Wilson, who boasts 25 years of construction and remodeling experience, uses the energy retrofit of his own 1940s Midwest home as a case study. Starting with energy audits to identify problem areas, he launches a plan to tackle energy d

Jun 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Greened House Effect: Ren...

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