Creative ways to save energy at home

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Creative ways to save energy at home

 

You’ve tried the basics, like changing light bulbs and lowering your thermostat. Can your electric bill get any lower? The answer is yes, when you get the family involved and follow the tips below:

Plant a tree
(Or a shrub, or a vine). Well-placed landscaping can deliver effective shade, act as a windbreak and help to reduce energy bills. And carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses.

Discover the invisible energy waster
“Phantom drain” is caused by electronic appliances and devices that remain plugged in, even while turned off. With the influx of personal electronic items in the home today (music player, smartphone, gaming devices), and everyday items that get overlooked (toaster, blender, computers), pennies can add up to dollars quickly. Unplug items that are not in use, or charge them all with one easy-to-unplug power strip.

Let the kids play
Check the web site or your local utility provider—or try the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s website—for kids’ energy games. While revving up the computer does burn energy, children can learn valuable ways to save energy that can pay off big in the long run.

Start a “Lights Out” night
Once a month, turn out all the lights, unplug the electronics, and hand out flashlights to everyone in your home—then, gather ‘round to share stories or favorite family memories. If it’s warm, go outside, camp out in the back yard or enjoy a picnic under the moonlight.

Reward the energy savers
Encourage everyone in your home to become part of the energy-saving solution. Establish a system (eating out, a day at the zoo, etc.) to reward consistent energy-saving behaviors, like turning off water while brushing teeth, or taking a 5-minute shower. Aim to beat last month’s bill. Before long, the process will become automatic.

Ready to up the ante? Lennox offers a variety of energy-efficient HVAC products, including a solar-powered home energy system that can help reduce energy use while keeping utility costs low.

 

Get a tax break for going solar

Government tax credits for solar

Federal HVAC Credit (25C) offers a tax credit of up to $300 for the solar-ready heat pump or air conditioner that’s at the heart of the SunSource system.

The federal solar credit (25D) equals 30% of the cost—with no upper limit—of the SunSource solar modules, including installation costs. It also covers 9% of the total cost of the solar-ready products. By installing a solar-ready outdoor unit (air conditioner or heat pump) and attaching at least one solar module, the solar-ready outdoor unit will qualify for both the solar and HVAC tax credits.

Consult a qualified tax professional for complete details. All federal solar tax credits are available through 2016. You can also learn more in the “Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency” section at www.energystar.gov.

Additional state and local utility solar tax credits and incentives

The SunSource Home Energy System may also qualify for tax credits from your state and local governments. In many areas, local utility companies are also offering rebates and other incentives.

To learn about rebates and credits available in your area, check with your local utility company or visit dsireusa.org.

Be sure to contact us with any questions you might have.

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