of the Energy Efficiency Manual
The Reference Notes are the second major part of the
Each Reference Note is a self-contained explanation of an important
topic in energy efficiency and cost savings.
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You can use the Reference Notes in several ways:
The Reference Notes enhance the Measures. Many
of the Measures in the first part of the Energy
Efficiency Manual refer you to Reference Notes for additional
detail or supporting information. You will learn about the equipment that is used, installation and
operating practices, scientific principles, calculation tools, and
the Reference Notes for general interest.They
are written to be easy for anyone who has an interest in energy
efficiency. Browse them
in any order that you find interesting. The shorter Reference Notes explain individual efficiency
concepts concisely. The
longer Reference Notes give you a solid introduction to broader
the Reference Notes for formal study.
you are using the Energy Efficiency
Manual as a textbook, start with a group of Reference Notes
that are appropriate for your study plans.
As you study the Reference Notes, refer to related Measures
as examples of practical applications.
Also, visit construction sites, existing buildings and plants,
and equipment installations where you can see the principles in
action. Take this book with
you. As its pages get dirty
and full of highlighting pen, your knowledge will be growing.
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Light Intensity to
view this two-page Reference Note that explains terms you need to
know for lighting energy conservation.
learn about this important part of any insulation job.
In four pages, you will learn what vapor barriers are, why
they are important, how they work, and how to install them properly.
an introduction to one of the most powerful new tools of energy
conservation. They won’t
work unless you select and install them properly.
In eight pages, you will learn about the types of personnel
sensors and the critical issues in using them.
Solar Heating Design
for an introduction to the concepts of passive solar heating,
one of the most promising and challenging ways to harness solar
energy. This eight-page
Reference Note outlines this complex subject, and compares it to
active solar systems.
an intensive short course on the most common type of cooling equipment.
In 23 pages, it explains how cooling works and describes
the components of a cooling system.
Starting from the basics, it gives you a more sophisticated
understanding of cooling efficiency.