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(2.5 CEUs) Air conditioning is expensive and should be our last resort for cooling a building. This lesson covers the sources of heat gain in buildings. The lesson discusses how your climate influences electricity consumption for cooling. The lesson explains common energy-efficiency strategies that minimize cooling costs by reducing heat gains. Find your reading assignments under the materials tab. You’ll learn the following.

  • How to stop heat before it enters buildings.
  • How people and buildings expel excess heat.
  • Cost-effective methods for removing excess heat.