Converting to an Eco-friendly Home : The Complete Handbook Paperback
by Paul Hymers
For a large number of homeowners, the importance of the environment has been highlighted as issues such as global warming becomes big news.
With 7 chapters covering elements including Light, Power and Heat, this book covers alterations that anyone can make to their home, from changing to energy-saving lightbulbs and harvesting rainwater to harnessing sunlight through solar panels.
Information is given on changes from the very small through to major projects that will male homes healthier and more sustainable. "Converting to an Eco-friendly Home" is a highly informative, easy-access book which provides clear and concise advice on what you can do around the house to help the environment.
This book will be an indispensable guide, both for those people who aim to do some of the work themselves, as well as those employing designers and builders to realise their plans for a 'greener', more sustainable home.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, 75 black and white line drawings and diagrams
- Publisher: IMM Lifestyle Books
- Publication Date: 01/09/2006
- Category: Residential buildings, domestic buildings
- ISBN: 9781845374068
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Review by gibbon
Helpful advice but far from complete. For instance, the chapter on water saving goes into some detail about harvesting rainwater but doesn't mention the simplest and cheapest device for saving mains water used for lavatory flushing, the Vari-flush. Similarly there is a long chapter on wind turbines for electricity generation which doesn't start with the sad truth that this is uneconomic for most dwellers in urban areas because of low average wind speeds, turbulence caused by nearby buildings and the small amount of power which can be extracted from any wind machine light enough to be safely mounted on a house. It doesn't mention, either, extra insurance against damage to neighbouring properties if a wind turbine should be blown on to them during a severe storm, or annoyance to neighbours by noise from the blades.