What is the ENERGY STAR® program?
Why It Matters
Half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling-ENERGY STAR Program website
Change your air filter regularly
Change your filter at least every 3 months. The basic rule of thumb is if the filter looks dirty, change it. A dirty filter can waste energy by disrupting airflow. A clean filter can keep your system running smoothly by keeping dust and dirt out of your system.
Have your HVAC system tuned up yearly
Think about all the regular maintenance your life requires to run efficiently and comfortably. Oil changes improve vehicle mileage, computer tune ups keep you from wasting your time with a sluggish device, cleaning your floors just keeps the house looking nice, cleaning out the fridge prevents odors you don’t want, annual doctor check-ups keeps you healthy, and the list goes on and on. Why wouldn’t a regular tune-up of your HVAC system make sense? It keeps your system running smoothly and keeps your comfortable year-round.
Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is great for those who are regularly gone from their home at set periods throughout the week. If used correctly, it is estimated that it can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
Install an ENERGY STAR Program qualified heating and cooling equipment
The program recommends having your HVAC equipment inspected by a professional HVAC contractor if it is more than 10 years old. They can let you know how efficient your current system is functioning. They can also help you decide if installing qualified equipment will help you cut down on utility costs.