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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; 1 edition (July 7 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715691
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #781,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most people are unaware that environmental problems such as climate change can be easily avoided, at a profit, through the intelligent application of appropriate technology. The Carbon Buster's Handbook describes how to achieve this goal in the residential field.

The first book in North America to provide a detailed carbon accounting of a family's carbon emissions and how to reduce them, it systematically analyzes energy costs and evaluates which measures yield the highest returns for the environment and the pocketbook. It provides answers to questions such as:

  • Which measure is more effective: putting solar panels on your roof, or buying a hybrid car?
  • Where do I need to invest first: in high-efficiency shower-heads, or solar tubes?
  • Is a $500 fridge that uses 800 kWh of power per year a good buy?

The book allows individuals to quickly and accurately assess which products are a good deal and which aren't. It systematically analyzes residential carbon emissions and energy costs and prioritizes solutions based on highest carbon reductions and monetary returns, yielding results that are often surprising. The book enables readers to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions - far below the levels targeted under the Kyoto Protocol. At the same time, readers implementing the recommendations will save an average of US$15,000 in energy costs over the next five years.

(2006-05-01)

About the Author

Godo Stoyke is President of Carbon Busters Inc. an energy efficiency consultancy that has reduced carbon dioxide emissions of buildings in North America and Europe by 121 million pounds, saving clients over US$16 million. An award-winning environmental presenter, Godo is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

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Godo Stoyke is a true master of bringing carbon reduction strategies into the hands of the everyday person. Backed by rigorous research, each suggestion in the book is worthy of consideration and completely achievable. Most professionals within the "green" technology industry are aware that market appeal lies in the wallet; to this effect, Mr. Stoyke has infused the book with money-saving tips that provide significant returns. Such an appeal will lead to implementable steps at reducing one's carbon footprint whilst being rewarded economically for sound decision making.

Due to this implementable nature, the book will appeal greatly to a wide audience, from the environmentally-aware to the fiscally-conservative.

Checking up on Carbon Busters (the research organization which Mr. Stoyke is a partner in) it is clear that professional accuracy is well within their means. I take heart in this, due to the wide proliferation of relatively ballooned perspectives that plague the enviro-informational space.

Bush's energy bill should make this book required reading! How many tons of carbon reduction per person would that initiate?! Likely enough to pull tanks out of the Middle East.

To the author: Well done sir.

Joseph L. Hundert

President

Biowest Energy Inc.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e3c6144) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf75720) out of 5 stars Essential and Profitable Reading Feb. 15 2007
By Joseph L. Hundert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Godo Stoyke is a true master of bringing carbon reduction strategies into the hands of the everyday person. Backed by rigorous research, each suggestion in the book is worthy of consideration and completely achievable. Most professionals within the "green" technology industry are aware that market appeal lies in the wallet; to this effect, Mr. Stoyke has infused the book with money-saving tips that provide significant returns. Such an appeal will lead to implementable steps at reducing one's carbon footprint whilst being rewarded economically for sound decision making.

Due to this implementable nature, the book will appeal greatly to a wide audience, from the environmentally-aware to the fiscally-conservative.

Checking up on Carbon Busters (the research organization which Mr. Stoyke is a partner in) it is clear that professional accuracy is well within their means. I take heart in this, due to the wide proliferation of relatively ballooned perspectives that plague the enviro-informational space.

Bush's energy bill should make this book required reading! How many tons of carbon reduction per person would that initiate?! Likely enough to pull tanks out of the Middle East.

To the author: Well done sir.

Joseph L. Hundert

President

Biowest Energy Inc.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf7551c) out of 5 stars Exceptionally useful book if you want to save money and do right for the planet March 3 2007
By Paul Rogat Loeb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This winter's storms made me realize how quickly global warming's impact is escalating. We need common solutions but we also need to do what's right as individuals. What's great about this book is that it walks us through the process and even allows us to save money in the process. Just a handful of the book's simple and almost costless suggestions will save me several hundred dollars a year. And it gives a great perspective on which of the larger investments to undertake, and how they pay back in both dollars and carbon savings. I've already recommended this book to a dozen friends and will be recommending it to more.

It's the best handbook I know for immediate practical steps that any of us can take to save energy.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf759c0) out of 5 stars This little book lives up to its name! May 12 2007
By Richard A. Steeves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The positivism inherent in the title (The Carbon-buster's Home Energy Handbook) carries through to the text and tables which are dramatically informative and easily understood. Mr. Stoyke has done our planet an enormous service by showing the rest of us how to be kinder to our unique home. This book should be read by every home-owner and potential car-buyer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf755e8) out of 5 stars If you only read one "green" book this year, make it this one. Jan. 6 2008
By DIY Conservation - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A well written guide to reducing carbon output and energy consumption. Home conservation based, without the "sit and shiver in the dark" attitude that we are sick of. These techniques allow you to be environmentally responsible without sacrificing comfort or productivity. Two things readers need to be aware of: 1. Not all measures are applicable to everyone - for instance, if you don't have a natural gas pipe to your house, the high efficiency gas furnace option won't work with propane. 2. Some of the product information is dated and no longer accurate, especially in the automotive areas. But how was the author to know that the Mercedes Smart Car was going to turn into a Daimer Chrysler dud? Don't worry - VW is still making high mileage diesels.
Overall, I say it is a well written book that will not only get us started down the path to a better environment, it should get us well down the road.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf91b7c) out of 5 stars Home owners and renters alike can slow climate change and save money Oct. 12 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Home owners and renters alike can slow climate change and save money with the first book to provide a detailed carbon accounting of a typical family's carbon emissions. From contrasting and assessing the value of solar panels vs. hybrid cars to what home devices to invest in, this offers a fine survey any general-interest library will find popular.


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