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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 | Author:

air conditioner schematicIf you are replacing entirely your old cooling system, or building a house from scratch, it is very important to find a contractor with experience with high-efficiency cooling and heating systems. Make sure the contractor inspects every duct in your house before installing the new system. Ducts should be correctly sealed and insulated and the supply and return systems should balance each other.

If you aren’t already wedded to a contractor you can find an energy-conscious contractor who employs technicians with NATE (North American Technician Excellence) Training or who have ENERGY STAR experience.

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Monday, August 09th, 2010 | Author:

air conditioner in the homeLearn four ways to save money and the environment without having to melt this summer.

1.    Try and reduce the amount you actually need to use air conditioning

2.    Find a good contractor that knows something about keeping your house cool and installing an efficient heating and cooling system in your home.

3.    Choose a new system which will work efficiently

4.    If you can’t purchase a new system you can improve the efficiency level at which your old system works.

It is common sense to make your house well insulated so that your need for cooling it is reduced. Check for spaces in the house where hot air gets in and cold air gets out.

If you have appliances that are not working at top efficiency, then they are probably creating more heat than necessary. Replace them or fix them so that they create less heat when in use.

Paint you home with “cool” exterior finishes, on the roof and on the outside. Light colors keep absorbed heat into your house to a minimum.
Use shades on your windows to keep out the hot sun, and use trees and bushes to create shade to protect your house from the sun’s powerful rays.

Use fans as much as possible to keep cool. They use much less electricity and might be just the thing in a place with less humidity to help keep you cool.

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Sunday, August 01st, 2010 | Author:

air conditioner in the window of a buildingThe summer reminds us how much we rely on electricity for our well-being. In New York life would be very unpleasant in the summer without our old pal the air conditioner. IDT Energy in New York wants to explore some ways we can continue to stay cool while at the same time maintaining awareness of the amount of electricity our ac’s require and thinking of ways to reduce that energy load.

Believe it or not air conditioning usage throughout the United States accounts for just about 5 per cent of overall energy usage per year. This translates to about 15 billion dollars just to homeowners every year. It is also important to be aware that this also contributes about 140 million tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. In the next two weeks IDT Energy and Affordable Clean Energy will explore ways to reduce the expenditure and the carbon footprint our air conditioners are responsible for.

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