One of the challenges for anyone who is going green is to stay cool in the summer without using excess energy. After all, running an air conditioner (AC) uses quite a bit of electricity. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 5 percent of all power produced in the United States goes specifically to cooling rooms with AC. Unfortunately, the U.S. still has a relatively small renewable energy portfolio, so most of that electricity comes from fossil fuel sources such as coal and natural gas.
With that in mind, we've assembled a list of some tips you can follow to save energy this summer without affecting your quality of life or comfort:
- Hire a professional: Maintenance on an AC unit should be handled by a license professional, who should check your system every year to ensure proper airflow and avoid malfunctions.
- Install a programmable thermostat: These devices will allow you to set temperatures ahead of time, and more expensive units will learn your preferences over time and adjust the indoor climate accordingly.
- Place AC units in the shade: If you're considering having a central AC system installed on your home, have the main unit situated in the shade. According to Tom's Mechanical, an HVAC contractor, this can lower your air conditioner's power usage by 10 percent.
- Purchase Energy Star Products: These are machines and devices that are certified to use less electricity than older, out-of-date units.
By following this advice, you'll be able to reduce your carbon footprint while also lowering your utility bill.
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