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This Resources section was compiled by Cyril Penn of Home Energy. It describes useful texts, tools and ideas for the energy conservation practitioner.
Duct Doctoring: Diagnosis and Repair of Duct System Leaks. Written by James Cummings, John J. Tooley Jr., and Neil Moyer and published by the Florida Solar Energy Center for use in its intensive six-day Duct Doctoring course, this is the authoritative manual on duct repair for the professional. From air handlers to smoke sticks to mobile homes to leakage-to-infiltration ratios--it's here in over 400 detailed pages. An introduction with a number of duct tales, is followed by a lengthy chapter on air flow dynamics, a section on duct leak impacts, a discussion of how ducts leak, a chapter devoted to duct leak diagnostics, and finally a chapter on duct repair. The manual is available for $110 from: JoAnn Stirling, Florida Solar Energy Center, 300 State Road 401, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. Tel: (407)783-0300 Ext 116, Fax: (407)783-2571.

Sealing Your Home's Ductwork: Critical Steps for Saving Energy and Protecting Your Health. Prepared by the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta and published by the Georgia Governor's Office of Energy Resources, this is aimed at consumers. It is an excellent introduction to leaky ducts. The pamphlet is free, but supplies are limited. Contact Cherry Ivy, Georgia Governor's Office of Energy Resources, 254 Washington St. SW, Suite 401, Atlanta, GA 30334. Tel: (404)656-5176, Fax: (404)656-7970.

The Pressure's On: Duct Repair for Safer and More Affordable Homes. Produced by the Florida Solar Energy Center, this video, with the help of computer graphics, explains duct leak basics in an easy-to-understand manner. It's ideal for utilities who want to educate consumers about leaky ducts. The video is available for $15. Quantity discounts are also available. Contact JoAnn Stirling, Florida Solar Energy Center, 300 State Road 401, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. Tel: (407)783-0300 Ext 116, Fax: (407)783-2571.

Installation Standards for Residential Heating and Air Conditioning Systems. Published by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA), this is for residential and light commercial installations, and it contains detailed installation standards for conventional heating and cooling systems, solar-assisted space conditioning, and domestic water-heating systems. Load calculation, system sizing, duct construction, insulation, and equipment selection are all covered. There's also a new section on radon. The price is $37 for engineers and government agencies; the list price is $53. SMACNA also offers a home study course in duct design, which comes with a textbook and a workbook. For government engineers, the home study course is $210; the list price is $300. Contact: SMACNA's publications department, P.O. Box 221230, Chantilly, VA 22021. Tel: (703)803-2989, Fax: (703)803-3732.

The Official Guide to Demand-Side Management Programs and Research. Published by the Utility Data Institute (UDI), this guide lists more than 1,300 residential and commercial demand-side management (DSM) projects conducted by 212 organizations, including 107 electric utilities. Included are contact names and phone numbers, in addition to brief program descriptions. Estimated savings and funding levels are included for some programs. Now in its second edition, UDI estimates that the guide has captured no more than half of the programs and research actually taking place in North America today. Still, 75 program sponsors (about one-third of the organizations in the guide) report total DSM expenditures in 1992 of $1.15 billion. The guide costs $145 and is available with a diskette (dBASE III Plus) for $495. Contact UDI, 1700 K St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: (202)466-3660, Fax: (202)466-3667.

Multifamily Energy Efficiency News. This newsletter is published by Citizens Conservation Corporation, which works exclusively with multifamily rental housing for low- and moderate- income residents. The newsletter is aimed at utility program managers, government officials, public housing managers, foundations, equipment manufacturers and energy services companies. The newsletter is published three times a year and it's free. Contact Liz Lakoseljac, Citizens Conservation Corporation, 530 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02210. Tel: (617)423-7900, Fax: (617)338-8412.

Directory of the Most Energy Efficient Refrigerators and Freezers for 1993. While 1993 refrigerators use significantly less electricity than in early years, considerable differences between models for a given size and configuration still remain. This guide, compiled by Danny Parker of the Florida Solar Energy Center's Building Design Assistance Center, provides easy comparisons of annual Federal Trade Commission energy cost by product brand, door style, and defrost type. The directory lists total volume and energy costs for a number of categories. Refrigerators described in this listing are only a small portion of the overall number of models available because only the most efficient units are included. Contact Florida Solar Energy Center, Research and Development Division, 300 State Road 401, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. Tel: (407)783-0300, Fax: (407)783-2571.


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