The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), in collaboration with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Edison Electric Institute, the U.S. Energy Association and North American Technician Excellence, have launched the 2 Degree Pledge initiative. The Pledge offers simple steps—installing a programmable thermostat, ensuring proper maintenance and a quality installation of heating and air conditioning equipment, and adjusting thermostats—all of which can help homeowners achieve lower energy bills through greater energy efficiency.
Because residential heating and cooling can account for up to 50% of total energy bills during the winter months, the 2 Degree Pledge calls on homeowners to contact a heating professional to have their heating system serviced and optimized for efficiency and comfort. AHRI says that central, forced-air systems that are improperly installed or maintained can be up to 50% less efficient than they should be. In fact, AHRI says that more than half of all heating systems in U.S. homes do not perform to their rated efficiency as a result of improper installation, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
To further save energy, the campaign encourages consumers to change filters, seal ducts and windows, and insulate walls. These steps, AHRI says, can result in savings of up to 20% on energy bills.
For more information, visit 2degreepledge.org.
Larson note: For years my office has had a programmable thermostat, and as you might have read in a earlier blog post this month, Larson’s is planning on going off grid in the “green” (wind and solar) production of our own electricity with the plan of becoming a reseller BACK to ComEd. I figure it is about time they start paying me instead of me paying them. We can make a difference in not only energy production but in our carbon footprint.
Not only will you be going green but you will save your business money and keep a safe energy source for your business.
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