As the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day approaches on April 22, many Arizona homeowners are looking at ways to be more energy efficient. According to The Learning Channel’s (TLC) Green Living webpage, home cooling and heating comprise 40% of the average citizen’s energy consumption.
Here are some tips to help you reduce your Phoenix heating and air conditioning energy consumption this summer.
Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance – Regular tune-ups for your car can improve your gas mileage. The same can be said for your air conditioning system. Regular maintenance of your system can improve efficiency and comfort, according to the EPA.
Install a Programmable Thermostat – A programmable thermostat automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don’t need as much, thereby saving energy and money. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, homeowners can save about $180 a year in energy costs by installing a programmable thermostat and properly setting and maintaining the settings. Southwest Gas customers may be eligible to receive a rebate of $20 for installing a qualifying programmable thermostat.
Pay Attention to Ducts – Ducts that move air to-and-from a central air conditioner are often big energy wasters, according to the EPA’s website. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your Phoenix heating and air conditioning system by as much as 20 percent – or more. TLC’s Green Living page estimates that a majority of homes lose about 20% of their cooling energy through leaky ducts. You should never block vents or ducts inside the house. Maintaining clear air paths allows your cooling system to work more efficiently.
Replace Your Old Air Conditioner – Local power companies are offering rebates to homeowners who install a more energy-efficient system. APS customers replacing their existing Phoenix heating and air conditioning system could be eligible for rebates from $175 to $525, depending on the SEER level. SRP customers can receive rebates up to $400 on qualifying systems. Top manufacturers Carrier and Trane are also offering incentives. You can get up to $1250 in a Trane instant rebate on qualifying systems purchased by June 14, 2012. As part of their “Cool Cash” program, Carrier is offering up to a $1250 instant rebate on qualifying systems purchased by June 30, 2012.
Consider doing your party for the environment by lowering your energy consumption. Chas Roberts is celebrating 70 years of serving Arizona homeowners and they can help you be energy efficient while staying cool. Schedule an appointment online or call (602) 328-5066 in the Phoenix area or (520) 618-1884 in Tucson to learn more about why you should choose Chas.