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Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners and Home Cooling

Three-quarters of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. Air conditioners use about 6% of all electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners. As a result, roughly 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year.

Make the switch to an ENERGY STAR® high-efficiency air conditioner to start saving energy and money instantly. Visit the EnergyStar.gov Product Finder to find the best energy-efficient AC unit for your needs. Depending on the model you choose, you may be eligible to receive a rebate from your local electric utility. Visit the Energy Star Rebate Finder to learn more.   

There are a few other ways to help reduce energy use. Replace dirty, clogged filters every one to two months during the summer to lower your energy use by 5% to 15%. Maintain your home’s air conditioning unit by checking and cleaning evaporator coils and drain channels. Keep the area outside your unit free from overgrown foliage, make sure fins aren’t bent, and inspect the seal between your unit and the frame to ensure there are no leaks. All of these actions combined can keep your home cool and could reduce energy use for air conditioning by a whopping 20% to 50%. 

 

Tips

for Lowering Your Cooling Costs

Regularly clean and replace the filters

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Regularly clean and replace the filters in your cooling unit(s).

Use a programmable thermostat

02

Use a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on annual heating and cooling costs.

Install ceiling fans to save energy

03

Install ceiling fans to raise the thermostat by 5%. 

Insulate your attic and walls, and seal openings to prevent warm air leaks. Insulate and seal ducts to reduce about 30% of your a cooling system’s energy consumption.

Consider using an outdoor grill instead of your stove or oven on hotter days

04

On hotter days, consider using an outdoor grill instead of your stove or oven. 

Install energy-efficient window coverings

05

 Install energy-efficient window coverings to prevent solar heat gain.

Buy an ENERGY STAR-certified air conditioner that is up to 15% more efficient

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Buy an ENERGY STAR®–certified air conditioner that is up to 15% more efficient.

Use the bathroom fan when bathing and a range hood when cooking

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Use the bathroom fan when bathing and a range hood when cooking to reduce heat and humidity.

Select an ENERGY STAR® high-efficiency air conditioner to ensure energy efficiency and reduce monthly energy costs. Visit your local energy provider website to see which energy-efficient appliances and home improvements are best for your home.

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