06/22/2005

Stay cool and comfortable this summer

High temperatures are on the way, but that doesn't have to mean high energy
bills this summer. There are smart ways to keep cool with energy-efficient
products and practices.

Every person can make a difference When we use less energy as a nation, we
preserve our energy resources, save money for families, and help protect our
environment.


  • Look for low energy products such as ceiling fans, programmable thermostats,
    and room air conditioners
  • Schedule an annual checkup for your central air conditioner with a licensed
    contractor, and check or replace its air filter once a month.
  • Replace an old or broken-down central air conditioner or heat pump with new,
    high efficiency equipment. One can save as much as 20 percent on annual energy
    costs if this new equipment is properly sized and installed, alongside properly
    sealed and insulated ducts.
  • Seal up gaps and cracks in your house "envelope" (basement, attic, around
    doors and windows). Add insulation if needed. This will help reduce energy
    bills throughout the winter, too.

More tips how to protect the environment include:


  • Repair or Replace?
  • Finding the right contractor: 10 tips
  • Maintain your Equipment: A Checklist
  • Use a Programmable Thermostat
  • Duct Sealing
  • Seal Air Leaks and Add Insulation
  • Consider a More Efficient Ceiling Fan

Further Information:


AplusA-online.de - Source: Environmental Protection Agency