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Home Energy Projects
An Energy Conservation
Guide for Do-It-Yourselfers

Prepared by: Southface Energy Institute for the Alabama Department of Economic and
Community Affairs (ADECA)
2004
Home Energy Projects
An Energy Conservation
Guide for Do-It-Yourselfers

Prepared by: Southface Energy Institute for the Alabama Department of Economic and
Community Affairs (ADECA)
2004

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HomeEnergyProjects
An Energy ConservationGuide for Do-It-Yourselfers
Prepared by: Southface Energy Institute2004
 
For additional copies of this publication, orother energy information, please contact:
Alabama Department of Economic andCommunity Affairs
401 Adams AvenueMontgomery, AL 36103-5690(334)242-5100www.adeca.alabama.govThis publication was prepared under contractto ADECA by the Southface Energy Institute.Southface may be reached at:
Southface Energy Institute
241 Pine StreetAtlanta, GA 30308
Credits
Principal Authors:
Dennis Creech Jeffrey S. Tiller
Technical Editors:
Laura BurchGreg Brough
Graphic Design:
Greg Brough
Technical Reviewers:
Mike BarcikDan Brundage
DisclaimerThis publication was prepared with the support of the Alabama Department of Economic andCommunity Affairs (ADECA) under grant numberXXXXXXXXXX. However, any opinions, findings,conclusions, or recommendations expressed hereinare those of the author(s) and do not necessarilyreflect the views of ADECA.Reference to any trade names, manufacturer, specificcommercial products, process, or service in forinformation or example only and does not constitutean endorsement or recommendation for use.Neither ADECA, Southface Energy Institute, nor anyof their employees, nor any of their contractors orsubcontractors, nor any technical sources referencedin this book makes any warranty or representation,expressed or implied, or assume any legal liability orresponsibility for the accuracy, completeness, orusefulness of any information, apparatus, product, orprocess disclosed or represents that its use would notinfringe on privately owned rights.
 
CONTENTSINTRODUCTION
How to Use this Book
How to Use this Book............................................................................................................................ 1
CHAPTER 1:CHAPTER 1:CHAPTER 1:CHAPTER 1:CHAPTER 1:
Home Energy Project Checklist
Home Energy Project Checklist ............................................................................................................. 2
CHAPTER 2:CHAPTER 2:CHAPTER 2:CHAPTER 2:CHAPTER 2:
The Basics
The Basics.............................................................................................................................................. 4The Importance of Energy Conservation ............................................................................................... 4Energy Conservation in Buildings......................................................................................................... 5Insulation Materials............................................................................................................................... 6Water Vapor........................................................................................................................................... 6Weatherstripping and Caulking............................................................................................................. 6Natural Cooling ..................................................................................................................................... 7Domestic Water Heating ........................................................................................................................ 8Energy-Saving Appliances ..................................................................................................................... 8
CHAPTER 3:CHAPTER 3:CHAPTER 3:CHAPTER 3:CHAPTER 3:
Getting the Job Done Correctly
Getting the Job Done Correctly ............................................................................................................. 9Should You Do It Yourself? ................................................................................................................... 9Hiring a Contractor................................................................................................................................ 9Scheduling the Job............................................................................................................................... 10Skills Required .................................................................................................................................... 10Rules for Tools .................................................................................................................................... 10Safety First! ......................................................................................................................................... 11
CHAPTER 4:CHAPTER 4:CHAPTER 4:CHAPTER 4:CHAPTER 4:
Energy Conservation Measures
Energy Conservation Measures............................................................................................................ 121. No-Cost, Low-Cost Measures ........................................................................................................ 142. Install R-30 to R-38 Insulation inNon- or Partially-Insulated Attic................................................................................................... 173. Seal and Insulate Ductwork ........................................................................................................... 244. Install Insulating Jacket on Water Heater ..................................................................................... 275. Seal Holes, Cracks, and Penetrations............................................................................................ 296. Build Fireplace Covers .................................................................................................................. 317. Repair and Reglaze Windows ........................................................................................................ 338. Use Low-flow Showerheads........................................................................................................... 35

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