A properly maintained heating and cooling system is good not only for your wallet—but for the environment too! Consumers and businesses can take a number of simple steps toward going green – conserving energy and safeguarding the environment.
Here are just a few simple suggestions to help you “go green”:
- Maintain your home’s HVAC equipment twice yearly to increase fuel efficiency and optimize your equipment’s performance.
- Change your air filters. Dirty air filters slow down air flow and force your system to work harder.
- If you are considering installing a new AC system, make sure it has Puron® refrigerant, a chlorine-free and non-ozone-depleting refrigerant that’s safe for the environment.
- Properly install higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rated equipment.
- Consider switching to a geothermal heating and cooling system.
- Install an Energy Star-qualified programmable thermostat.
- Replace old windows and/or install drapes or blinds.
- Properly insulate your home (all walls, ceilings, windows, floors and doors).
- Have your contractor inspect the ductwork in your home to ensure it is sealed properly.
- Turn your water heater down to 120°.
- Turn your thermostat down to 68° in the winter and up to 78° in the summer.
- Turn off lights and unplug unnecessary items or appliances when you’re not using them.
- Replace light bulbs with Energy Star CFL bulbs.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
- Take quicker showers and install low-flow shower heads and faucets.
Want more great energy saving tips and information on home energy use? Visit the U. S. Department of Energy website for more information.