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Home Energy Briefs Help Consumers Save Money

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  • patneuman2000
    Excerpt: The Home Energy Briefs can be downloaded for free at http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid171.php#LibHshldEnEff . ... wrote: Tue Dec 7
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 10, 2004
      Excerpt:

      The Home Energy Briefs can be downloaded for free at
      http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid171.php#LibHshldEnEff .

      --- In Paleontology_and_Climate_Articles@yahoogroups.com, "Sonya"
      <msredsonya@e...> wrote:
      Tue Dec 7 09:39:45 2004 Pacific Time

      Home Energy Briefs Help Consumers Save Money
      SNOWMASS, Colo., Dec. 7 (AScribe Newswire) -- Rocky Mountain
      Institute (RMI) announces the release of its updated Home Energy
      Briefs, a
      series of nine publications that provide energy and money-saving tips
      for
      homeowners. The series includes Briefs on lighting, space cooling and
      heating, water heating, cleaning appliances, electronics, kitchen
      appliances
      the building envelope, and whole system design.
      The majority of the energy consumed in the home is used for
      heating,
      and the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts a nationwide
      increase in the price of heating oil, natural gas, propane, and
      electricity
      this winter. RMI's updated Home Energy Briefs offer immediate
      suggestions to
      help homeowners properly weatherize their homes and cash-in on other
      energy-saving measures for the upcoming cold season. "It is important
      for
      consumers to know about opportunities to save energy and that new
      resources
      are available to them," said Kitty Wang, a member of RMI's Energy &
      Resources Services team and co-author of the updated Briefs. "They can
      then
      make informed choices and enjoy energy and cost savings."
      Originally written in 1994 as a series of eight brochures, the
      Briefs
      remain an extremely popular tool for consumers to learn where and how
      they
      can save energy and money in the home. The updated versions of the
      Briefs
      contain new statistics, expanded tables, and up-to-date tips on how to
      apply
      energy efficiency at the residential level. "Energy-efficient
      technologies
      have improved and are cheaper than they were ten years ago," said
      Wang. "The
      variety and quality of these new products make saving energy at home
      almost
      effortless."
      The latest edition of the Briefs includes a brand new ninth
      Brief
      that discusses whole system design, a philosophy central to RMI's
      work. The
      Whole System Design Brief details how operating an energy-efficient,
      or
      green," home does not have to cost more than operating a conventional
      one.
      Focusing on the building's design, it shows that integrating thermal
      mass,
      super-windows, building orientation, strategically-placed vegetation,
      and
      other components of passive solar design can reduce heating and
      cooling
      loads, thus creating more energy and financial savings than isolated
      retrofits or mechanical upgrades alone.
      Although the Home Energy Briefs are targeted toward the average
      homeowner, developers, builders, architects, engineers, and other real
      estate professionals can also benefit from the information they
      provide.
      RMI's Home Energy Briefs are great educational tools for learning how
      to
      save energy and money at the same time," said Joe Maheady, senior
      environment policy representative for the National Association of
      Realtors.
      Realtors will use the Briefs to help consumers make informed choices
      when
      shopping for a home, and to give themselves a business advantage."
      The updated Home Energy Briefs were made possible by generous
      support
      from Stonyfield Farm. (http://www.stonyfield.com), the National
      Association
      of Realtors (http://www.realtor.org), the Durst Organization Inc.
      (http://www.durst.org), and Deborah Reich.
      The Home Energy Briefs can be downloaded for free at
      http://www.rmi
      org/sitepages/pid171.php#LibHshldEnEff.
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      CONTACT: Jenny Constable, RMI Media Relations, jenny@r...
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      efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure,
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      their
      goals in ways that create more wealth and protect the environment
      simultaneously-often through advanced resource efficiency. For more on
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