There's a Bounty on Your ACs New York: NYSERDA Offers Consumers Home Energy Tips to Cut Energy Bills, Increase Home Energy Efficiency

Jul 31, 2001, 01:00 ET from Alliance to Save Energy

    ALBANY, N.Y., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In the "dog days" of August --
 traditionally the hottest month of the summer -- the New York State Energy
 Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers consumers an opportunity
 to receive a $75 room air conditioner bounty when they trade in their
 inefficient room air conditioner and purchase an Energy Star(R) air
 conditioner -- plus home energy tips that will help reduce their energy costs
 and make their homes more energy efficient.
 
     * Cooling and heating are half of the average family's energy bill.
       Maintain your air conditioning equipment with a professional "tune-up"
       to save you the cost and inconvenience of a breakdown during the hottest
       days!  Clean or replace filters monthly.  Consider increasing the
       temperature by just three degrees to decrease your energy bills. Window
       units should be sized properly for optimum performance.
 
     * Look for the Energy Star(R) label, the symbol for energy efficiency,
       when replacing or shopping for room air conditioners, major appliances,
       lighting, windows, and home electronics.  Find participating retailers
       near you at http://www.GetEnergySmart.org .  For central air
       conditioning systems, make sure the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
       (SEER) is 12 or higher -- http://www.epa.gov/appdstar/hvac/prodac.html .
       Rick Gerardi, Director for Residential Energy Affordability Programs at
       NYSERDA, indicates that this is the single most important thing
       consumers can do to cut energy waste and utility bills.
 
     * Bounty for your air conditioner.  Purchase a new Energy Star room air
       conditioner and turn in your old inefficient unit to receive a $75 turn-
       in bounty.  Call 1-877-NY-SMART hotline or visit
       http://www.GetEnergySmart.org for more details on this offer.
 
     * Install a setback timer on your room air conditioner so it does not run
       when you are not home.  Timers designed especially for room air
       conditioners, which can be programmed to turn on and off, will reduce
       use during times that the power demand on your utility system is the
       highest.
 
     * Take the guesswork out of energy-efficient improvements by exploring
       NYSERDA's consumer website http://www.GetEnergySmart.org . Their online
       home energy analysis program provides homeowners with a quick home
       energy audit, which includes potential dollar and pollution savings from
       recommended improvements.  Additional energy-efficiency tips and
       valuable information can be found on the Alliance to Save Energy's
       consumer web site -- at http://www.ase.org/consumer .
 
     * Shift energy-intensive tasks -- laundry and dishwashing -- to off-peak
       energy demand hours, nights and weekends.  Operate washers and dryers
       with full loads to get the most for your energy dollars.
 
     * If you are taking advantage of lower interest rates to refinance your
       home, consider wrapping into the package energy-efficiency home
       improvements that would reduce your monthly energy bills.  Interest
       would also be tax deductible. Hire a Certified Home Performance
       Contractor to identify problems and recommend necessary improvements to
       make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Call
       1-877-NY-SMART to get more information on this service.
 
     * Earn 50 percent returns on your money by replacing insulation and
       weather stripping to cut your heating and air conditioning costs,
       advises Andrew Tobias, personal finance editor, in a PARADE magazine
       article, "How To Invest In Uncertain Times." (See new consumer web site
       http://www.simplyinsulate.org to test your IQ -- insulation quotient).
 
     * Listen to your mother.  ("What do you think -- we own the utility
       company?!") Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers.
       Install a programmable thermostat or timer to turn on your air
       conditioner and cool your house just before you get home.
 
     * Light up your life -- efficiently.  Replace your existing light bulbs
       with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs that use one-fourth
       the energy, last 10 times longer, and are more cost effective.  Instead
       of spending money by leaving the lights on when you are not at home, put
       timers on a few of the lights, or install motion detectors on exterior
       floodlights to improve your home security while saving energy and money.
 
     * Plug energy "leaks" with appropriate insulation, weather stripping,
       caulking, and low-e or spectrally selective windows, glass doors, and
       skylights.  Make sure your attic and/or ceiling are well insulated -- as
       well as the rest of your home.  Be sure your air ducts are not leaking
       and are properly insulated.  A house can lose up to 20 or 30 percent of
       its energy from leaky ducts.
 
     * Check your refrigerator -- it runs 24 hours a day.  Clean the coils to
       reduce your energy bills and improve the life of your refrigerator.
 
     * Check out Energy Star(R) washers.  They use less water and energy and
       get clothes as clean as conventional units.  Also investigate dryers
       with moisture sensors and high-efficiency refrigerators.
 
     * If you are in the market for a new car, think high gas mileage to save
       hundreds of dollars in fuel bills over the life of the car and reduce
       pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
 
     NYSERDA offers information on its Keep Cool summer electricity reliability
 program -- 1-877-NY-SMART - as well as details on other energy and money
 saving tips on its website http://www.GetEnergySmart.org .
     NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that supports research to develop
 technologies that help New York save energy and reduce emissions. NYSERDA also
 helps New York State businesses develop energy and environmental products,
 commercializing the type of high-value-added products that give New York State
 businesses a real chance to compete in the expanding global marketplace.
 
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SOURCE Alliance to Save Energy
    ALBANY, N.Y., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In the "dog days" of August --
 traditionally the hottest month of the summer -- the New York State Energy
 Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers consumers an opportunity
 to receive a $75 room air conditioner bounty when they trade in their
 inefficient room air conditioner and purchase an Energy Star(R) air
 conditioner -- plus home energy tips that will help reduce their energy costs
 and make their homes more energy efficient.
 
     * Cooling and heating are half of the average family's energy bill.
       Maintain your air conditioning equipment with a professional "tune-up"
       to save you the cost and inconvenience of a breakdown during the hottest
       days!  Clean or replace filters monthly.  Consider increasing the
       temperature by just three degrees to decrease your energy bills. Window
       units should be sized properly for optimum performance.
 
     * Look for the Energy Star(R) label, the symbol for energy efficiency,
       when replacing or shopping for room air conditioners, major appliances,
       lighting, windows, and home electronics.  Find participating retailers
       near you at http://www.GetEnergySmart.org .  For central air
       conditioning systems, make sure the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
       (SEER) is 12 or higher -- http://www.epa.gov/appdstar/hvac/prodac.html .
       Rick Gerardi, Director for Residential Energy Affordability Programs at
       NYSERDA, indicates that this is the single most important thing
       consumers can do to cut energy waste and utility bills.
 
     * Bounty for your air conditioner.  Purchase a new Energy Star room air
       conditioner and turn in your old inefficient unit to receive a $75 turn-
       in bounty.  Call 1-877-NY-SMART hotline or visit
       http://www.GetEnergySmart.org for more details on this offer.
 
     * Install a setback timer on your room air conditioner so it does not run
       when you are not home.  Timers designed especially for room air
       conditioners, which can be programmed to turn on and off, will reduce
       use during times that the power demand on your utility system is the
       highest.
 
     * Take the guesswork out of energy-efficient improvements by exploring
       NYSERDA's consumer website http://www.GetEnergySmart.org . Their online
       home energy analysis program provides homeowners with a quick home
       energy audit, which includes potential dollar and pollution savings from
       recommended improvements.  Additional energy-efficiency tips and
       valuable information can be found on the Alliance to Save Energy's
       consumer web site -- at http://www.ase.org/consumer .
 
     * Shift energy-intensive tasks -- laundry and dishwashing -- to off-peak
       energy demand hours, nights and weekends.  Operate washers and dryers
       with full loads to get the most for your energy dollars.
 
     * If you are taking advantage of lower interest rates to refinance your
       home, consider wrapping into the package energy-efficiency home
       improvements that would reduce your monthly energy bills.  Interest
       would also be tax deductible. Hire a Certified Home Performance
       Contractor to identify problems and recommend necessary improvements to
       make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Call
       1-877-NY-SMART to get more information on this service.
 
     * Earn 50 percent returns on your money by replacing insulation and
       weather stripping to cut your heating and air conditioning costs,
       advises Andrew Tobias, personal finance editor, in a PARADE magazine
       article, "How To Invest In Uncertain Times." (See new consumer web site
       http://www.simplyinsulate.org to test your IQ -- insulation quotient).
 
     * Listen to your mother.  ("What do you think -- we own the utility
       company?!") Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers.
       Install a programmable thermostat or timer to turn on your air
       conditioner and cool your house just before you get home.
 
     * Light up your life -- efficiently.  Replace your existing light bulbs
       with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs that use one-fourth
       the energy, last 10 times longer, and are more cost effective.  Instead
       of spending money by leaving the lights on when you are not at home, put
       timers on a few of the lights, or install motion detectors on exterior
       floodlights to improve your home security while saving energy and money.
 
     * Plug energy "leaks" with appropriate insulation, weather stripping,
       caulking, and low-e or spectrally selective windows, glass doors, and
       skylights.  Make sure your attic and/or ceiling are well insulated -- as
       well as the rest of your home.  Be sure your air ducts are not leaking
       and are properly insulated.  A house can lose up to 20 or 30 percent of
       its energy from leaky ducts.
 
     * Check your refrigerator -- it runs 24 hours a day.  Clean the coils to
       reduce your energy bills and improve the life of your refrigerator.
 
     * Check out Energy Star(R) washers.  They use less water and energy and
       get clothes as clean as conventional units.  Also investigate dryers
       with moisture sensors and high-efficiency refrigerators.
 
     * If you are in the market for a new car, think high gas mileage to save
       hundreds of dollars in fuel bills over the life of the car and reduce
       pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
 
     NYSERDA offers information on its Keep Cool summer electricity reliability
 program -- 1-877-NY-SMART - as well as details on other energy and money
 saving tips on its website http://www.GetEnergySmart.org .
     NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that supports research to develop
 technologies that help New York save energy and reduce emissions. NYSERDA also
 helps New York State businesses develop energy and environmental products,
 commercializing the type of high-value-added products that give New York State
 businesses a real chance to compete in the expanding global marketplace.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X81594238
 
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