This Cold House: The Simple Science of Energy Efficiency

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JHU Press, 06/06/2007 - 248 páginas

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. This Cold House helps homeowners identify heating and cooling priorities and choose the most appropriate methods, tools, and equipment. Basic equations allow you to estimate possible savings in annual heating and cooling bills and determine payback times for improvement projects.

Practical and entertaining, This Cold House illuminates the concepts behind energy efficiency and translates them into ideas you can use, whether you live in a castle, igloo, or house.

-- Dan Holohan
 

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Smith (physics, emeritus, Manchester Metropolitan Univ., England) has written a guide that focuses on how to keep existing houses warm and comfortable with minimal environmental impact and at ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Feeling Good The Science of Comfort
Save a Dollar Save the Earth Effective Insulation
Wrapping Up Warm Insulating Your Home
Oil or Gas or Electric or Fuel Choice and Heating Costs
Flickering Flames The Science of Fires and Fireplaces
Pumping the Heat Cooling the Air
The Human Touch Managing the System
The Crystal Ball A Look at the Future
From Whence We Came
Conversion Factors
Glossary
Further Reading
Index
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Colin Smith is a UK-based associate lecturer for both the Manchester Metropolitan University and the Open University, where he teaches courses related to consumer issues and the environment. He has recently retired and now enjoys writing for a wider audience.

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