The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a major initiative to help homeowners save both money and energy while protecting the environment. The 2004 Cool Change campaign encourages Americans to update their home cooling systems to save money, energy, and prevent air pollution.
The average family spends approx. U.S. $1,400 on energy bills each year. Nearly half of that goes to heating and cooling. But homeowners who choose to invest in energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment may reportedly cut those costs by 20 percent. The key, EPA says, is knowing which products are truly energy-efficient.
EPA's ENERGY STAR(R) program gives its seal to items that use less energy, which means less air pollution and a cleaner environment. Finding highly efficient cooling equipment means looking for the U.S. government's ENERGY STAR label.
If just one U.S. household in 10 used ENERGY STAR heating and cooling systems, appliance maker Whirlpool reports that more than 17 billion pounds of pollution would be kept out of the air.
Energy-Efficient Cooling Tips:
Check and seal duct systems.
Replace air filters.
Find and seal air leaks. Sealing homes to keep excess air from escaping through leaky doors and windows.
Use a ceiling fan but turn it off when you leave the room. A fan cools you, not the room.
Troubleshoot: the EPA recommends an annual tune-up from a certified technician. (Reuters)
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