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Here are some easy tips and interesting facts to help maximize the heating and cooling energy savings in your home.
• Decrease your AC use in the summer by switching to ceiling fans.
• Install an Energy Star®-Qualified ceiling fan with lights which are about 50% more efficient than conventional fan/light units and can save you more than $15 per year in energy costs.
• Turn off your ceiling fan when you are not in a room, since ceiling fans cool you, not the room.
• To save on heating costs in the winter, adjust ceiling fans so they spin clockwise and push hot air down into the room.
Room Air Conditioners
• Energy Star®-Qualified room air conditioners use at least 10% less energy over standard models.
• Use the appropriate sized model for the room/space that the unit is meant to cool.
• Pick the right size dehumidifier for the space/room you are using it in.
• Don't overuse your dehumidifier. The comfortable relative humidity for a room is around 35-55%.
• Energy Star®-Qualified dehumidifiers remove the same amount of moisture as a similarly-sized standard unit, but uses 10-20 percent less energy. A 40-pint Energy Star®-Qualified dehumidifier can save consumers $28 per year over the life of the unit, that's more than $300 in savings!
• Energy Star®-Qualified room air cleaners use 45% less energy to remove particles, such as dust and pollen, from the air than standard models saving consumers $35 annually on their utility bills.
• ENERGY STAR® qualified programmable thermostats allow for pre-set energy savings programs that automatically adjust your home's temperature settings, allowing you to save energy while you're away or sleeping.
• Follow proper use guidelines to help keep your home comfortable and save you money.
• Keep the temperature set at the energy saving set points when no one is home or through the night (periods of at least 8 hours).
• Don't consistently override the pre-programmed settings, which results in more energy use and higher utility bills.
• Be sure to set your thermostat on an efficient “hold” or “vacation” setting when going away for a few days. Choose a setting several degrees warmer in the summer and several degrees cooler in the winter.
• Cranking your unit up to 90 degrees or down to 40 degrees does not heat or cool your house any faster.
• Install your thermostat on an interior wall, away from heating or cooling vents.
• If your home has multiple heating or cooling zones, use an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat for each zone to maximize comfort and savings.
• With proper use, installing an Energy Star®-Qualified programmable thermostat can save about $150 every year in energy costs.