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  • Air Conditioners

    • To prevent energy loss as winter approaches, remove your window-unit air conditioner or insulate it from the outside with a tight-fitting cover, available at local home improvement or hardware stores.
    • Each degree above 75°F that you set your air conditioner’s thermostat saves you 3 percent of the energy used to cool your home.
    • Check your air filter every month, especially during heavy use months (such as the summer). If your filter looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter slows down airflow and makes your system work harder to keep you more comfortable.
    • When installing a window unit, make sure it fits tightly so that outside air does not get in. 
    • When you buy or replace an air conditioner, purchase an ENERGY STAR® certified central air conditionerLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to save energy and money. ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioners use 8 percent less energy than conventional new models. You can also consider replacing your air conditioner with newer, energy-efficient heating and cooling options, such as air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps . These newer technologies help you significantly reduce your energy use.

    Attic/Floor Vents

    • Make sure attic vents are not blocked so air can flow freely to minimize the use of an attic vent fan. 
    • Make sure that the connections at floor vents and registers are well sealed where they meet the floors, walls, and ceiling and are clear of any furniture or rugs.

    Boilers

    • Have your boiler serviced on a yearly basis by a qualified contractor to ensure maximum efficiency and performance.
    • When having your boiler serviced, request a combustion analysis, which shows the boiler’s operational efficiency.
    • When you buy or replace a boiler, purchase an ENERGY STAR certified boilerLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. These achieve greater energy efficiency than non-ENERGY STAR boilers, helping you save money on utility bills and protect the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Ceiling Fans

    • On hot summer days when air conditioning is necessary, use a ceiling fan along with your air conditioner to circulate the air throughout the room and cool the room more efficiently. Make sure the fan is running counterclockwise to create a cooling downdraft.
    • In the winter, your ceiling fan can help heat your home more economically. Most fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan in a clockwise direction. Reversing the fan will force warm air near the ceiling down into the living space.
    • Turn off fans when you leave the room to save energy. 
    • When you buy or replace a ceiling fan, purchase an ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fanLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. These fans use improved motor and blade designs and are 40 percent more efficient than conventional fan units.

    Fireplaces

    • Close your fireplace damper tightly when not in use to prevent warmed or cooled air from escaping.
    • Consider a fireplace balloon or chimney plug for an even tighter seal when your fireplace is not in use. 
    • Consider purchasing a high-efficiency, low-emission wood pellet stove. These heating systems are a cleaner way to use wood for heat than conventional wood stoves and fireplaces. Because these stoves are more efficient, they burn less fuel and can often save homeowners money. NYSERDA offers two incentive options, determined by income, for homeowners to purchase these stoves.

    Furnaces

    • Seal and insulate your furnace ducts to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent.
    • Install glass doors on your furnace to help with heat loss.
    • Make sure you are using dry wood in the furnace to ensure the wood is burning as cleanly as possible.
    • Consider purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified gas furnace. Certified gas furnaces in the northern half of the U.S. will be up to 15 percent more energy efficient than baseline models and can save up to $75 a year in energy costs.

    Heating and Cooling Equipment (HVAC)

    • Check your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) air filters every month, especially during heavy use months (such as the summer and winter). Replace filters at least every three months to keep your equipment running efficiently. A dirty filter slows down airflow and makes your system work harder to keep you more comfortable.
    • Have a contractor complete an annual preseason tune-up of your cooling system in the spring and heating system in the fall to keep your systems at peak performance and prevent future problems.
    • Find and seal any leaks in your duct system. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.
    • If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, consider replacing your system with ENERGY STAR certified equipmentLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., which has higher efficiency ratings. You can also consider replacing your existing HVAC equipment with newer, energy-efficient heating and cooling options, such as air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps. These newer technologies help you significantly reduce your energy use.

    Radiators

    • If your home has radiators, place heat-resistant reflectors between radiators and walls to minimize heat loss.
    • Bleed trapped air out of your radiators at least once a year, for example, often at the beginning of the winter season. When trapped air prevents water or steam from filling the radiator, the radiator may fail to heat efficiently.

    Thermostats

    • Use smart thermostats to easily program your thermostat and regulate the temperature of your home, no matter where you are. 
    • When you buy or replace a thermostat, purchase an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostatLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to receive demonstrated energy savings in addition to reliable performance.

    www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/At-Home/Energy-Saving-Tips/Tips/Heating-and-Cooling
    Last Modified: 12/10/2018

  • Air Conditioners

    • When purchasing a window-unit air conditioner, make sure it is properly sized. An oversized air conditioner can actually be less effective than a smaller unit and waste energy at the same time. Visit the ENERGY STAR® guideLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to find out what size air conditioner is best for your home.
    • When installing a window unit, make sure it fits tightly so outside air does not get in.
    • To prevent energy loss as winter approaches, remove your window-unit air conditioner or insulate it from the outside with a tight-fitting cover, available at local home improvement or hardware stores.
    • Each degree above 75°F that you set your air conditioner’s thermostat saves you 3 percent of the energy used to cool your apartment.
    • Turn off the air conditioning when you leave to avoid wasting energy.
    • Check the air filter in your air conditioner frequently, especially during heavy use months (such as the summer). If your filter looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter slows down airflow and makes your system work harder to keep you more comfortable.

    Ceiling Fans

    • On hot summer days when air conditioning is necessary, use a ceiling fan (if available in your rental) along with your air conditioner to circulate the air throughout the room and cool the room more efficiently. Make sure the fan is running counterclockwise to create a cooling downdraft.
    • In the winter, a ceiling fan (if available in your apartment) can help heat a home more economically. Most fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan in a clockwise direction. Reverse the fan to force warm air near the ceiling down into the living space.
    • Turn off fans when you leave the room.

    Radiators

    • If your apartment has radiators, talk to your landlord about placing heat-resistant reflectors between radiators and walls to minimize heat loss.
    • You can also talk to your landlord about bleeding trapped air out of your radiators at least once a year, for example, at the beginning of the winter season. When trapped air prevents water or steam from filling the radiator, the radiator may fail to heat efficiently.

    Thermostats

    • If your apartment has its own thermostat, lower the temperature an additional seven to 10 degrees when you are sleeping.
    • If your apartment has a standard thermostat, talk to your landlord about using a programmable thermostat to take control of your heating and cooling levels, which can reduce your energy use and lower your utility bills. Programmable thermostats allow you to easily program your thermostat and regulate the temperature of your rental, no matter where you are. Visit the ENERGY STAR guideLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to find out what programmable thermostat is best for your rental.

    www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/Save-Energy-in-Your-Apartment/Renter-Energy-Saving-Tips/Tips/Heating-and-Cooling
    Last Modified: 12/10/2018

  • Advanced Cordwood Boilers with Thermal Storage

    What is it? Financial incentives for the installation of advanced cordwood boiler heating systems with full thermal storage. Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Who qualifies? New York State homeowners

    Learn more.

    Ground Source Heat Pumps

    What is it? Rebates for small and large ground source heat pump systems. Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Who qualifies? Eligible designers and installers of renewable heating and cooling systems that have been approved by NYSERDA. Although funding is not directly available to landlords or homeowners, you can look for approved designers or installers to evaluate a project at your home or property.

    Learn more.

    Pellet Stoves

    What is it? Two incentive options, determined by income, are available for the purchase of a new pellet stove with the recycling of an existing woodstove, pellet stove, or insert (with firebox). Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Who qualifies? New York State homeowners without access to natural gas

    Learn more.

    Small Pellet Boilers with Thermal Storage

    What is it? Financial incentives for the installation of qualified high-efficiency, low-emission pellet boiler heating systems with thermal storage. Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Who qualifies? New York State homeowners

    Learn more.


    www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/Find-Contractors-and-Incentives/Home-Energy-Performance-Programs/Programs-and-incentives/Heating-and-Cooling
    Last Modified: 12/10/2018

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