RICHARDSON, Texas — A new survey from Lennox Intl. Inc. found that while most homeowners pass the energy conservation test, they should brush up on their knowledge of Energy Savings 101 if they want to make it to the head of the class while staying cool and keeping bills low this season.

The Lennox Home Energy Report Card Survey, commissioned by Lennox Intl. Inc. and conducted by GfK Roper, found that saving money is a top incentive to conserving energy. In fact, 29 percent of homeowners would rather walk around in their underclothing than spend money to cool down their home during the summer months.

Regarding energy conservation, 21 percent of homeowners gave themselves an ‘A,’ (a 4 percent increase from 2016), 45 percent gave themselves a ‘B’ when grading their household energy efficiency (a 6 percent decrease from 2016), and 29 percent gave themselves a ‘C.’

Although a large majority (93 percent) have taken steps to conserve energy, it’s clear a number of homeowners see the opportunity for increased efforts.

Homeowners conserve energy at home to save money (64 percent, down 5 percent from 2016) over helping the environment; however, if money was no object, they said they would be willing to invest in the following to increase energy efficiency: solar panels or appliances (39 percent this year, compared to 32 percent in 2016), more efficient windows (19 percent), a high-efficiency air conditioner or furnace (19 percent), insulation (9 percent), a programmable thermostat (7 percent), and a high-efficiency water heater (5 percent).

Between July 1 and August 31, Lennox invites homeowners to join in on the “Energy Savings Superstar” contest on by submitting a unique and innovative home energy savings tip along with a fun photo depicting their suggested tip. The grand-prize winner will receive up to $10,000 in energy-efficient Lennox heating and air conditioning products, along with other “cool” prizes.  

Publication date: 6/22/2017

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