Residential Energy Efficiency Projects (DVDs)

$499.75

Covering both new home builds and retrofits, this 5-part series provides viewers with the how-tos for a variety of projects aimed at increasing energy efficiency while reducing homeowners heating and cooling bills.

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With rising fuel costs and a conscious focus on sustainable living, more people are turning to green building practices to transform their homes into energy-efficient, eco-friendly dwellings.

 
Covering both new home builds and retrofits, this 5-part series provides viewers with the how-tos for a variety of projects aimed at increasing energy efficiency while reducing homeowners heating and cooling bills.
 
The programs also offer jobsite safety guidelines, recommendations for homeowner training, and smart building tips.
 
In English, with English-language subtitles. Viewing time: 12-20 minutes each. 2013. Can purchase each program separately for $99.95; the complete 5-part series for $499.75. Please see the Product Options box above when ordering.
 
Click here to download a free instructor’s guide for the 5-part series.
 
Titles in the series are:
  • Conducting a Home Energy Audit
    A professional energy audit is essential to transforming an older residence into a fuel-efficient home. The procedure lets homeowners know how quickly they are consuming energy and which parts of the dwelling need improvement to keep utility costs down. This program covers the step-by-step process of performing a home energy audit and gives details about the specific techniques and tools needed for the job. From assessing the building envelope to inspecting HVAC/R systems and major appliances, then making recommendations for the most commonly-needed improvements, the video informs viewers while providing helpful tips along the way.
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  • Installing a Solar Electric System
    Solar electricity is a top choice for providing clean energy, and thanks to lower prices in getting a system up and running, consumer demand for this alternative keeps rising. This program explains exactly how to install a solar electric system, with segments on determining where to place the panels or modules; proper installation of both the mechanical and electrical components; testing the system, including grounding and voltage; and what to review with the homeowner in terms of the systems operation and maintenance. The video also advises on OSHA safety regulations for rooftop and electrical work, and offers smart building tips to increase the systems efficiency.
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  • Installing a Solar Hot Water System
    A solar hot water system is an eco-friendly, cost-efficient alternative to gas or electric heaters, and with a conventional heater as a backup, can provide hot water even on cold, cloudy days. After a brief overview, this program explains the process of installing an active solar hot water system. Viewers learn the specific tools, hardware, plumbing, and electrical components needed, how to test the system, and key points about its operation to discuss with the homeowner after installation is complete. The importance of setting up a safe, OSHA-compliant jobsite is also covered, and smart building tips are offered throughout.
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  • Upgrading a Forced Air Furnace
    Because heating and cooling utilizes the most energy in a home, one of the best decisions a homeowner can make to improve efficiency and lower bills is to upgrade these systems. This program lets viewers know how to install a new residential forced air furnace, with segments on disconnecting and removing the existing unit, inspecting and testing components, and details of the actual installation – all with an eye toward safety. Information is also given on putting in a digital thermostat, adding a humidifier and HEPA filter, and testing the entire system once its complete. Smart tips are offered throughout.
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  • Air Sealing and Insulating
    Besides helping a house use less energy, properly-installed insulation means greater comfort and less noise. This program explains insulating and air sealing as part of a new home build, and also as a retrofit to an existing home. Beginning with the establishment of energy goals, the video takes viewers through the process of choosing the right kind of insulation, evaluating and accessing current insulation on a retrofit, locating and sealing leaks, and installing different types of insulation, including spray foam, fiberglass batt, and blown-in loose-fill, with safety always in mind. Verifying the installation with a blower door test and reviewing results with the homeowner is also covered, and smart building tips are provided throughout.
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