Ways to Save Energy and Money this Summer

Did You Know? The average home spends $2,000 per year on utility bills, nearly half going to heating and cooling. Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR can cut your annual energy bill by more than $160.

1.) Room Air Conditioners: As the weather gets warm, lots of people will be looking for a new Room Air Conditioner. Look for the ENERGY STAR for savings:

o ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners use 10 percent less energy and, on average, cost about $70 per year to run.
o New room air conditioners that have earned the ENERGY STAR come with higher quality insulation materials, improving comfort and savings by allowing a better seal of the area between the unit and the window opening.
o Remember, bigger is not always better! Make sure your room air conditioner is the right size for your space. An oversized unit is less effective at removing humidity and wastes energy. Check out this video for everything you need to know to pick the perfect room air conditioner for your home.
o If all room air conditioners sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the cost savings would grow to more than $350 million each year, preventing more than 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually – equivalent to the emissions from over 570,000 vehicles.

2.) Pool Pumps: Ready to hit the pool this summer? ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps use 70 percent less energy than a conventional model. A conventional pool pump costs an average of $480 in electric bills annually, which can be the second largest energy draw in your home.

o An ENERGY STAR certified “variable speed” pool pump can save 2,800 kWh or $350 per year versus a conventional single speed pump, saving $2,900 over its lifetime.
o An ENERGY STAR “multi-speed” (sometimes referred to as “two-speed”) pump can save 2,300 kWh or $290 per year versus a conventional single speed pump. It will save $2,400 over its lifetime.
o If all pool pumps sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to about $1.3 billion each year, and 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emission from more than 2 million vehicles.
o Check out this video for more information on energy saving certified pool pumps.

3.) Central Air Conditioners: You don’t want to wait until a heat wave to find out that it is time for a new central air conditioner. Look for the trusted blue label for comfort and savings.
o Central air conditioners that have earned the ENERGY STAR are about 8 percent more efficient than conventional models.
o If your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a model that has earned the ENERGY STAR could cut your cooling costs by 30 percent. These savings would prevent 1,700 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

4.) Smart Thermostats: You can save energy and money all summer with an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat.

o For the average American household, almost half of the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling – more than $900 a year.
o Being smart about how you control your temperature settings with an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat will help you save money and stay comfortable.
o ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats provide enhance comfort in your home by allowing you to control temperatures based on your preferences and lifestyle – and still save energy. If everyone used an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat, savings would grow to 56 trillion BTU and $740 million per year, offsetting 13 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

From product purchases to DIY sealing and insulating projects, there are lots of ways to save energy and money this summer season. Check out the ENERGY STAR product finder and rebate finder for all the information you need.