HVAC Breaking News

June 14, 2005: EPA Offers Tips For Saving Energy And Money At Home

June 14, 2005
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
WASHINGTON - The high temperatures of summer don't have to mean high energy bills, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA's Energy Star program offers advice on ways to keep cool with energy-efficient products and practices.

"Every person can make a difference this summer," EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson said. "When we use less energy as a nation, we preserve our energy resources, save money for American families, and help protect our environment."

The average family spends $1,500 a year on energy bills, nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling, according to the EPA. To help homeowners protect against high energy bills, contractors can pass along to their customers the following EPA tips:

  • Look for the Energy Star label on products such as ceiling fans and programmable thermostats.

  • Schedule an annual checkup for your central air conditioner, and check or replace the air filter once a month.

  • Replace an old or broken-down central air conditioner or heat pump with new, high efficiency equipment. Homeowners can save as much as 20 percent on annual energy costs if this new equipment is properly sized and installed, along with properly sealed and insulated ducts.

  • Seal up gaps and cracks in your home "envelope" (basement, attic, around doors and windows). Add insulation if needed. This will help reduce energy bills throughout the winter, too.

  • Get informed. For more on year-round improvements to make a home more energy efficient, review the EPA's "Guide to Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling" on the Energy Star Web site at www.energystar.gov/cooling.

    Publication date: 06/13/2005

  • Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

    You must login or register in order to post a comment.

    Multimedia

    Videos

    Image Galleries

    2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

    Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.

    Podcasts

    NEWSMakers: Mark Satterfield

    Mark Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing Inc. and author of “The One Week Marketing Plan” talks about his book and the importance of HVAC blogging. Posted on Sept. 19.

    More Podcasts

    ACHRNEWS

    NEWS 09-15-14 cover

    2014 September 15

    Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

    Table Of Contents Subscribe

    Venting R-22

    The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
    View Results Poll Archive

    HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

    plumbing-hvac.gif
    2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

    Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

    More Products

    Clear Seas Research

     

    Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

    DON'T MISS A THING

    Magazine image
     
    Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

    STAY CONNECTED

    facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con