The Carbon Buster
184 Pages
English

The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook

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184 Pages
English

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How to reduce carbon emissions and save over $15,000 in energy costs over five years.

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Published 01 March 2009
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EAN13 9781550923698
Language English
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A D VA N C E P R A I S E F O R The Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbook
This really is a great resource! For all of us who want to reduce our environmental impactand save money, here is the invaluable, practical resource we’ve been looking for. Godo Stoyke presents a clearly explained outline of what to do, where to start, and what the costs and benefits will be. If you are concerned about global warming, rising fuel costs, or the world we will leave our grandkids, read this book, and tell your friends. — ALEXISKAROLIDES, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Breakthrough Design, Rocky Mountain Institute
The Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbookoffers a treasure-trove of practical information that will help homeowners reduce both their energy consumption and their carbon footprint. For those wanting to make a difference with their homes and their lifestyles, this book is a great starting point.
— ALEXWILSON, author ofYour Green Homeand Executive Editor,Environmental Building News
This book is a dream come true for anyone who wants to reduce their carbon emissions in the most cost-effective way. Godo Stoyke plays the carbon numbers like Mozart played the piano — with joy, inspiration, and accuracy. It should be adapted for every country in the world. — GUYDAUNCEY, author ofStormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change
This book offers real solutions for reducing our energy use and helping our environment. The practical suggestions inThe Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbookcan help an individual reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy bills.
— DOUGANDERSON, ENERGY STAR program, US Environmental Protection Agency
At last, a book written in plain English that guides you step-by-step through the best choices to make for reducing both energy costs and carbon emissions at a family level. Godo Stoyke has crunched the efficiency numbers so you don’t have to…. and offers a return on investment for household, vehicle, and lifestyle that beats the best financial instruments out there — all to the good of the planet. — RICHARDFREUDENBERGER, publisher,BackHome Magazine
Godo Stoyke’sCarbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbookis a timely and practical how-to guide to show each of us how we can contribute to a more sustainable world by reducing our carbon footprint. As a home owner and an ecological economist specializing in full-cost accounting, I found in this book a plethora of wonderful tips for saving energy and money, and tools to weigh various energy efficiency options. I’m eager to get on with implementing many of Godo’s ideas in my own home! — MARKANIELSKI, ecological economist, and author of The Economics of Happiness
The Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbookbrings into focus the environmental impacts of personal choices around energy use. Godo Stoyke brings us out of hiding and calls us to action; no longer can we say that the efforts of an individual are too small to matter. — PAULSCHECKEL, energy analyst, and author of The Home Energy Diet
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Cataloging in Publication Data: A catalog record for this publication is available from the National Library of Canada. Copyright © 2007 by Godo Stoyke. All rights reserved. Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Images: iStock/Photodisc. Printed in Canada. Second printing June 2007. New Society Publishers acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) for our publishing activities. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-86571-569-1 Paperback ISBN-10: 0-86571-569-6 Inquiries regarding requests to reprint all or part ofThe Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbookshould be addressed to New Society Publishers at the address below. Disclaimer Seek professional help for installations in your home where required, and obey all local electrical, building and safety codes. The author of this book has used his best effort in preparing the information for this book. Though we believe the information in this book to be accurate, the author and the publisher make no warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, with regard to the performance of the products described in this book, or for any procedures described herein. The author and publisher shall not be liable in any event for incidental or consequential damages in connection with, or aris-ing out of, the use of these products or procedures. Carbon Busters® is a registered trademark of Carbon Busters Inc. Other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Financial self-disclosure: The author of this book owns stock in Ballard Power Systems Inc., a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells. To order directly from the publishers, please call toll-free (North America) 1-800-567-6772, or order online at newsociety.com Any other inquiries can be directed by mail to: New Society Publishers P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada 1-800-567-6772 New Society Publishers’ mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision. We are com-mitted to doing this not just through education, but through action. We are acting on our commitment to the world’s remaining ancient forests by phasing out our paper supply from ancient forests worldwide. This book is one step toward ending global deforestation and climate change. It is printed on acid-free paper that is100% old growth forest-free(100% post-consumer recycled), processed chlorine free and printed with vegetable-based, low-VOC inks. For further information, or to browse our full list of books and purchase securely, visit our website at: www.newsociety.com NEWSOCIETYPUBLISHERSwww.newsociety.com
This book is dedicated with love to my sister, Birte Livia Stoyke (1969-2002), who taught me how to live life to the fullest, and to my parents, Eckhart and Heidi Stoyke, who taught me everything else.
To find out about the charitable activities of the Livia Stoyke Foundation, go to Livia.ca.
Acknowledgments.......................... ix Congratulations!.............................. 1 Chapter 1 - Carbon Busting............ 3 for Fun and Profit Chapter 2 - Conventions and7 Assumptions Assumptions and Methodology . 8 Correcting for Savings ............... 8 Interactions Conventions ............................... 9 Sources of Information ............ 10 Interpreting Savings Figures .... 11 Chapter 3 - For Busy People:......... 15 Top Recommendations at a Glance From Carbon Miser to .............. 15 Carbon Buster Chapter 4 - Your Family’s............. 19 Carbon Pie Interpreting Home ................... 19 Consumption Graphs Electricity: The Most ............... 20 Expensive Form of Energy What’s the Carbon Balance? .... 21 How to Benefit from ................ 22 Fuel Switching Your Home’s Carbon Pie ......... 22 How Much Does It Cost? ......... 23
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Contents
Chapter 5 - Home Improvement:... 25 Green Home Design The Law of Diminishing .......... 25 Returns Tunneling Through ................. 26 the Cost Barrier Whole System Design .............. 26 Chapter 6 - Green Transportation.. 31 Efficiency Comparisons ........... 31 Bicycling .................................... 31 Public Transit ........................... 32 Cars ........................................... 32 Chapter 7 - Electric Power............ 53 Your Home’s Power Bill ........... 53 Lighting ..................................... 55 Power Vampires ....................... 67 Refrigerators ............................. 70 Freezers ..................................... 76 Dishwashers .............................. 78 Cooking .................................... 79 Solar Ovens ............................... 82 Clothes Washers ....................... 82 Dryers ....................................... 84 Computers and Home ............. 84 Office Equipment Entertainment Electronics ...... 94 Green Power ............................. 95 Renewable Energy Sources: ..... 96 Making your Own Green Power
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Chapter 8 - Green Heating.......... 107 Solar Design ............................ 107 Weatherproofing .................... 107 Insulation ................................ 108 Windows ................................. 109 Energy-Efficient Landscaping.. 111 Your Furnace ............................ 111 Fireplaces .................................. 112 Wood Stoves ............................ 113 Geothermal............................... 113 Domestic Hot Water ............... 115 Chapter 9 - Cooling...................... 117 Green Coolth — Passive ......... 117 Solar Design Cheap Cooling Strategies ....... 117 Technological Solutions .......... 118 Chapter 10 - Liquid Assets........... 121 Where Does All the Water Go?.. 121 Toilets........................................ 121 Showers .................................... 122 Baths ........................................ 122 Yard Water Usage .................... 122 Chapter 11 - Environmental......... 123 Goods and Services Sustainable Wood .................... 123 Food ......................................... 123 Recycled Products/Recycled ... 124 Paper Organic Flowers....................... 124 Protecting Nature at Home .... 125 Green Mortgages...................... 125 Chapter 12 - Putting It.................. 127 All Together Financial Cost and Gain.......... 127 Rising Energy Prices, Falling .. 128 Efficiency Costs Environmental Gains .............. 129 The Kyoto Protocol ................ 130 Share Your Success Stories! ..... 131
Appendix A:.................................. 133 Top Carbon Buster Measures Appendix B:..................................... 135 Highest CROI) Appendix C:.................................. 136 Best Investments Appendix D:................................ 138 Highest Dollar Savings Appendix E:................................. 140 Complete Savings Results Appendix F:.................................. 144 Typical Household Energy Consumption Appendix G:.................................. 145 Average Energy Prices Appendix H:................................. 145 CO2 Emission Factors Appendix I:.................................. 146 CO2Emissions from Electricity Production Appendix J:.................................. 147 Energy Conversion Factors Appendix K:.................................. 147 Metric Conversions Appendix L:................................. 148 How to Correct for Local Energy Prices Appendix M:................................. 148 For More Information Glossary of Terms........................ 150 Endnotes....................................... 153 Index............................................. 161 About the Author......................... 171
Acknowledgments
   Chris and Judith Plant and their staff at New Society I Publishers for enthusiastically picking up on, and promoting, the concept of carbon busting. Also, for the work of their excellent editing and design staff, and for the breathtaking cover. I would particularly like to thank Sue Custance, pro-duction coordinator, Ingrid Witvoet, editor, and Diane McIntosh, cover designer. Special thanks also to Richard Freudenberger, technical editor, for providing extensive feedback and thoughtful commentary on all parts of the manuscript. Finally, thanks to Beth Anne Sobieszczyk and Sara Reeves, marketing specialists, for their efforts in promoting the book. It’s been a pleasure working with this group of intelligent and perceptive professionals. For the contents of the book, I would like to thank one person and one orga-nization in particular for inspiration: one is my father, Eckhart Stoyke, energy efficiency mentor, and the second is the Rocky Mountain Institute. Eckhart has always had a passion and a knack for energy efficiency, whether it was working for Shell in France, Lufthansa in Germany, Polychemical Industries in Alberta, or for Dow Chemical, at the Elbe River or in Iran. At Dow Chemical, in 1978 as project engineer for an ethylene liquefaction facility, he proposed propylene as the coolant instead of the then-prevalent Freon, an ozone destroy-ing CFC, nine years ahead of the original Montreal Protocol. He also designed a rail car tank wash facility that, unlike the external bid, included a method of cleaning washwater of chlorinated hydrocarbons (the proposal also cut costs by over 50 percent). When he represented the Western European Chemical Manufacturers at the United Nations Maritime Organization IMCO in connec-tion with maritime pollution prevention in 1980, he proposed a slop-reduction and chemical product recovery system for marine tankers that not only cost-effectively recovered 90 percent more residues for clients, but at the same time facilitated the adoption of Marpol 77, a convention to protect the marine envi-ronment from chemicals.
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