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Old House Eco Handbook review

April 13, 2013

Old house eco book croppedSince I religiously record my CO2 emissions on a weekly basis, I can confirm that between 30th September 2012 and 31st March 2013 my home’s CO2 emissions have increased by 27.3% compared with the same period the previous year. This is mainly due to the very harsh winter that hopefully is now at an end.

It’s a fact also that for those with older houses, more and more of our hard earned money is being diverted into heating our homes rather than keeping them in tip-top condition! If this trend continues our homes will start to deteriorate to a point where they’ll be too costly to repair!

However, help is at hand in a brand new publication by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt called The Old House Eco Handbook.

This book is a beautifully crafted work packed full of easy to follow and practical advice that explains how older houses can be “tuned-up” to become more energy efficient. There are countless colour photographs that help to explain methods and to captivate the reader’s interest.

Moreover, this book is different to all the other advice you might find because here the wants and needs of the “Old House” are central to the type and method of the enhancements being employed; the protection of the building’s historic and aesthetic value being of paramount importance.

The book is sub-divided into the following chapters:

1. Old houses can be green

2. Old house to eco house

3. The building envelop

4. Roofs and ceilings

5. Windows and doors

6. Walls

7. Floors

8. Paints

9. Energy and water

10. Old house for the future

For those who treasure their old house this book will enable you to save serious money, the financial savings can then be diverted back into maintenance. The carbon footprint of the house will also reduce thus ensuring a double win!

For the very best advice on maintaining your old house, please look no further than The Old House Handbook by the same authors.

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