Designing and building an energy-efficient home that conforms to the many considerations faced by home builders can be a challenge. However, any house style can be made to require relatively minimal amounts of energy to heat and cool and be comfortable and healthy.
Many people buy or use air conditioners without understanding their designs, components, and operating principles. Proper sizing, selection, installation, maintenance, and correct use are keys to cost-effective operation and lower overall costs.
Appliances account for about 20 percent of your household's energy consumption, with refrigerators and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list.
Older air conditioners may still be able to offer years of relatively efficient use. However, making your older air conditioner last requires you to perform proper operation and maintenance.
Landscaping is a critical element in building an energy efficient home. A few simple strategies can add up to big savings on your monthly electric bill.