Published: August 2015
Paying for energy is the largest running cost that most home-owners are burdened with. And that's no surprise -- we use energy to heat our water, refrigerate our food and drink, run our heaters and air conditioners, light out homes at night, cook our meals, run our TV's, and charge our computers. There are simple, practical ways to reduce our demand for energy and to change where we get it from. There is already a quiet revolution under way as renewable energy and energy efficiency transform the way we generate and use electricity and gas. The Energy-Freedom Home explains nine steps that can be taken -- in any order -- to become more energy efficient: replace old lights with LEDs, stop draughts, improve insulation, upgrade windows, use energy-efficient appliances, install reverse-cycle systems, use solar or heat-pump systems to heat your water, monitor and control your energy use, switch to solar. Containing detailed, easy-to-follow descriptions of practical problems and solutions, plus over 120 color photographs and diagrams, The Energy-Freedom Home is the perfect guide to help homeowners liberate themselves from costly and non-renewable sources of energy.