4 out of 4 stars
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Imagine the ecological benefits if every household cut their energy consumption by only 20%–30%. Outsmarting your Energy Bill by Erney Errol Pinas is a guide that seeks to achieve energy efficiency in homes and businesses through practical and innovative steps that require little to no investment. Erney uses his vast experience as a holistic engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur to outline tried and tested solutions. The book begins by highlighting the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the five that relate to energy efficiency. It further outlines the sustainability frameworks that include the 5-pillar energy scan framework, low investment-high yield framework, and the no-waste principle.
The 5-pillar energy scan framework works for both businesses and homes. As evidenced by Erney’s experience, the minimal investment practice reduces energy consumption by 20 to 40%. The prime factor in this framework is human behavior and integrating it with appliances and equipment use. The low investment-high yield framework works in combination with the no-waste principle. They seek to promote optimal use of all resources and redefining energy production and use. The book additionally demonstrates how to use waste-heat as a resource and an income generator.
Outsmarting your Energy Bill is a highly engaging and interactive guidebook. It has large and bright illustrations, graphs, and photos. The author also uses real-life examples and situations to give evidence to the discussions. He also includes templates and links to enable the reader to practically fill in their energy details and perform a mini energy audit. This makes the reading experience personalized and participatory. The texts are also in varying colors and sizes, improving the book’s visual appeal and engaging the senses. Each chapter begins with change-inducing quotes from the author.
My favorite aspect of the read is the calculations and math, which are in a simplified manner. They also boost the validity of the discussions and confirm the accuracy of the information provided. Additionally, there are specific pages for note-taking and recording your observations & results as you read along and practice the steps. There is nothing to dislike about the book; it has a friendly and direct tone and includes inspiring snippets of the author’s background and life.
The book is excellently edited; I found only one minor grammatical error. The language used is simple and free of any profanities. The book is also free of any sensitive or erotic content, therefore, suitable for everyone. Outsmarting your Energy Bill further contains a breakdown of energy consumption of common home appliances such as clothes washer, heating, ventilation, refrigerator, among others. It is not only a guide to improve their efficiency, but also to save you money. The book turns the reader into an enthusiastic participant, actively engaging in a journey towards efficiency and sustainability. It deserves a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to everyone; since this is a crucial topic that affects us all, and we all have a role to play.
Outsmarting your Energy Bill
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