2005-08-18 / Community

LIPA’s Simple Steps To Cool With Energy Star

As the Long Island region faces its fourth heat wave of the summer season, The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reminds homeowners that the best way to cool the home without wasting money or energy is with Energy Star.

“Many families spend far too much money for summer cooling. The average Long Island family can spend $800 a year, “said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel. “It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to start using electricity efficiently.” LIPA and the EPA offer simple steps that can be taken to save energy and stay comfortable in the oppressive temperatures.

Clean Air Filters Often

Dirt and neglect are some of the highest causes of cooling system failure. Clean or change the air filter, generally once a month, to keep it running smoothly.

Schedule an annual maintenance check-up to ensure your system operates safely.

Cool Smartly

Save energy by using a programmable thermostat, or utilize the cooling system only when needed. Energy Star cooling systems have options and settings that keep you comfortable without wasting energy.

Ceiling fans can also cut home energy use. If you’re adding or replacing a fan in the home, look for Energy Star models, which move air more effectively. But remember, a ceiling fan doesn’t cool the room-it cools you-so turn the fan off when you leave.

Get Comfortable

Find and seal air leaks that cause drafts to make your home more comfortable. If you experience uneven temperatures in parts of your home, even when your central air is on, call in a contractor to inspect the ducts. They may need to be insulated better to prevent loss of cooled air between walls, ceilings and floors.

LIPA’s Cool Homes Program Saves You Cash

LIPA’s Cool Homes Program provides a rebate incentive to its customers who install high efficiency central air conditioning units. If your cooling system is more than 12 years old and needs replacing, consider a high-efficient Energy Star system.

Cooling System Size Matters

It is very important to get the right-sized cooling system for your home and have it installed properly. Properly sized, installed, and regularly maintained energy-efficient cooling equipment, along with properly sealed ducts, can save homeowners as much as 20 percent on annual energy costs. Models that have earned the Energy Star are at least 10 percent more energy-effective than standard models-adding up to real savings over time.

To find out more, visit LIPA’s website as www.lipower.org.

For more information on Energy Star, go to www.energystar.gov/hva cguide, or call 1-888-STAR-YES.

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