If you are considering making some changes in your home this summer let us help you plan for saving energy.

HVAC System

If you’re making additions to your home or converting attics or basements into living spaces, a ductless heating and cooling system is a great option. A ductless system does not require adding pipes or ductwork to a home’s existing system, making it a more affordable upgrade for many. Ductless systems tend to be more efficient, meaning homeowners will use less energy.

If making changes to your heating and cooling system doesn’t seem like the right upgrade for now, consider installing a smart thermostat. These devices learn your behavior and adjust HVAC settings with a goal to help save you energy. Smart thermostats also have the capability to allow homeowners to manage energy use via a smart phone app.

If you are considering purchasing new appliances that will use less energy, your clothes dryer is a great place to start as dryers are big consumers of electricity. For example, dryers typically use around 900 kWh each year as compared to a refrigerator, which uses around 455 kWh each year.

There have been big developments with dryers in recent years, and Energy Star awarded two standouts – the LG EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer and the Whirlpool HybridCareTM Heat Pump Dryer – the 2014 Emerging Technology Award.

Using heat pump technology, these dryers offer 40 percent in energy savings if operated on their most efficient settings and can save more than $400 over the life of the dryer. If you are interested in purchasing other appliances or products, remember to visit energystar.gov and check out their “Most Efficient 2015” list to help you determine which products – from windows and HVAC systems to televisions and washers – are the most efficient for your home.  

And don’t forget that Access Energy Cooperative is your partner in energy savings. From interactive appliance calculators on our website to energy efficiency experts trained to help you make good decisions for your home, we’ve got your needs covered.

Source: April Lollar

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