Check out these 12 air conditioner tips from Angie’s List to help you save energy and money.
These are great tips that can make a difference.
I want to comment on two of them:
#7 – When it’s time to replace your old air conditioner, selecting a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR model is money well spent. The federal tax credit for air-source heat pumps and air conditioners expired in 2011. There is still a 30% tax credit on geothermal heat pumps. Some co-ops offer additional incentives. Check with your local Touchstone Energy cooperative for advice.
#12 – Tinting your windows can keep your house cooler but I don’t think it helps with winter heating. Shading your windows from the outside with overhangs and plantings can help more.
When building a home an extending roof line is best as many in the “Deep South” or Sacramento, etc. know. As the sun passes by the windows the extended roofline protects against direct sun blasts and heat. Instead one gets reflected sunshine and saves dramatically on air conditioning. In the norther areas this plan is not recommended by my father as we need a regular roofline for winter warming. Best to use deciduous trees on the south side to shade in the summer and allow sunlight warming in the winter.
Thank you for a great site of helpful energy saving tips.
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