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Energy Star Air Conditioners You might think that you're being eco-friendly by keeping your 20-year-old air conditioner in action, but if you haven't yet switched to an Energy Star-rated model, your AC might be leaking dollars and cents. In fact, if your
 

Energy Star Air Conditioners

You might think that you're being eco-friendly by keeping your 20-year-old air conditioner in action, but if you haven't yet switched to an Energy Star-rated model, your AC might be leaking dollars and cents. In fact, if your central air conditioning unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an Energy Star-qualified unit could cut your cooling costs by 30% and prevent 1,600 pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions per year. If you want to see how much you stand to save by swapping out your AC, take the Home Efficiency Audit here. If it doesn't make sense to upgrade your AC unit, at least consider upgrading your AC filters - they make a huge difference in the efficiency of your unit. At the very least clean the filters regularly - every 1-3 months is a good idea.

If you’ve been feeling the pinch like we have, you’ve probably learned to shop smarter, pack your own lunch, and cut back on the gourmet coffee, but you might still be missing out on big savings if your home hasn’t been optimized for energy efficiency. The good news is that just a few quick and easy DIY upgrades to your home could equate to hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year in savings on your energy bill. Crafting a home energy-optimization strategy sounds more daunting than it is. We’ve rounded up 15 great inexpensive and easy-to-find green home improvement products that will set you on the path towards a lower energy bill and more moolah in the bank – read on to get the inside scoop on all of them.

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9 Comments

  1. myfairlady February 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I’m looking for ceiling products made with natural products

  2. controlnroll January 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Control-n-Roll is a great new product designed to help save the average family of 4 up to $200 a year in toilet paper and paper towel waste. And it is made in America! http://www.controlnroll.com

  3. skylights October 10, 2012 at 1:42 am

    a lot of technology is sprouting today that promises us to save money but the simple ones are the most effective like having a sweater and a cup of hot drinks during cold weather. Sometimes we don’t need pricey appliances to cut down our bill, we just need to be resourceful and practice conservation at our own home

  4. debster333 October 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Great ideas now that winter is coming. Thanks!

  5. Lori Zimmer October 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Perfect timing to save a buck and some energy!

  6. Mike Chino October 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Tons of great tips here – I never knew those magnetic draft covers existed!

  7. Mark Boyer October 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Lots of great ideas here. Tea kettle + hot water bottle is my secret weapon.

  8. Kristine Lofgren October 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    That draft stopper is clever – tons of great ideas!

  9. Alyssa Alimurung October 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    This is such a helpful guide! That programmable thermostat looks awesome. Would love one of those in my home.

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