Long Island’s four beautiful seasons all offer great opportunities for you to savor the area’s natural beauty and save natural resources by shopping wisely for energy efficient equipment. The federal Energy Star program can guide you year-round to lowering your utility bills and increasing sustainability.
When you’re ready to spring for new appliances, stay alert for the Energy Star certification on dishwashers (they use a lot of hot water), clothes washers, televisions and even water coolers. While water heating is probably your biggest energy expense, keeping food cold or frozen is expensive, too. Shop for Energy Star-labeled refrigerators and freezers.
Summer cooling bills can be lowered by installing Energy Star-rated central air conditioners, room air conditioners and ceiling fans. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is the number to compare in air conditioners. A high SEER tells you the unit will have a low cost for an entire cooling season, while Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) only refers to cooling costs when outside temperatures are 95 degrees or higher.
Often overlooked but very useful is an Energy Star-certified room or whole-house dehumidifier. And small items add up, too. Energy Star light bulbs and programmable thermostats can take noticeable nibbles out of energy bills.
If autumn brings back-to-school and dorm room shopping, Energy Star points the way to energy efficiency for personal electronics, such as computers, monitors, battery chargers, copy machines and audio equipment.
Winter on Long Island means furnaces, boilers and heat pumps. All are available in Energy Star-certified models. Watch the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, which helps you compare models for efficient conversion of fuel into heat. Some modern condensing furnaces can achieve 98 percent AFUE.
When shopping for geothermal and air source heat pumps, note the Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF); the higher the HSPF, the more efficient the heat pump.
Attic insulation, as well as double- and triple-pane windows, can all receive Energy Star labels for their high energy efficiency.
For more great energy saving ideas, or help selecting Energy Star-certified HVAC equipment for your Long Island home, contact Cool Power LLC.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Energy Star products and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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