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The Home Energy Handbook: A Guide to Saving and Generating Energy in Your Home and Community

Handbook / Manual

By: Allan Shepherd(Author), Paul Allen(Author), Peter Harper(Author)

252 pages, 90 full colour illustrations

Centre for Alternative Technology

Paperback | May 2012 | #205774 | ISBN-13: 9781902175713
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About this book

The Home Energy Handbook is CAT's definitive guide to saving and generating energy. Covering energy efficiency, insulation, passive solar, solar water heating, wood fuels, heat pumps, combined heat and power, solar PV, micro-hydro and small scale wind power, it shows you how to choose the right technology for your situation.

Bringing together all the main energy saving and renewable technologies in one book, The Home Energy Handbook helps you make the most carbon- and cost-effective decisions whilst delivering the biggest improvements to quality of life, both in your home and in your community.

The Home Energy Handbook prepares you for the big energy and climate challenges of the 21st century whilst showing you how to calculate and cut your carbon emissions in the most effective way. A comprehensive handbook for energy action that gives you the practical know-how to change the way you live and the big picture vision to change the world around you.


Part One - The big challenges and what we can do about them
Chapter 1: Our 21st century challenges
Chapter 2: Rising to the challenge: where do we start
Chapter 3: Calculating personal carbon: Are you really responsible for your own emissions?

Part Two - A practical guide to home and community energy
Chapter 1: Power down and power up - working out energy priorities
Chapter 2: The power down home
Chapter 3: Draught proofing and ventilation
Chapter 4: Insulation and improved glazing
Chapter 5: Passive solar heating
Chapter 6: Energy efficiency
Chapter 7: The Power Up Home
Chapter 8: Renewable heat
Chapter 9: Renewable Electricity
Chapter 10: Community energy generation

Part Three: Resources

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Allan Shepherd has written 15 books and is also CAT's publisher. His titles include 52 Weeks to Change Your World, Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time and The Organic Garden (a Daily Telegraph 'book of the year'). His writing has been described as 'inspirational', 'passionate' and 'entertaining'.

Paul Allen is the head of External Relations at CAT and Director of CAT's Zero Carbon Britain project. He is a Climate Change Commissioner and sits on the Science Advisory Council for Wales, advising them on the latest developments in green technology and policy. Paul is an electrical engineer and has worked in the renewable energy sector for over 20 years.

Peter Harper is the head of CAT's Research and Innovation department and co-author of Zero Carbon Britain 2030, Peter Harper has developed many tools for analysing personal carbon emissions. He has also been his own experiment, monitoring and recording his own transition to a low carbon lifestyle.

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