(typical residential size). In comparison, other systems would cost about
$4,000 with air conditioning. When
the cost is included in a mortgage,
the home owner has a positive cash
flow from the beginning. For example, if the system costs an extra
$3,500, it will add $30 per month to
each mortgage payment. However,
the energy cost savings can easily exceed that added mortgage amount
over the course of each year.
Go Traditional with HVAC
If you opt for the traditional heating, ventilation and air conditioning
system (HVAC), choose one that offers
top efficiency. Some systems are now
even being offered as hybrid systems.
“By combining an electric heat
pump with an oil or natural gas
furnace, you will get greater control
over energy usage during the winter
with up to four stages of heating and
two fuel choices, and also get effective, efficient cooling in the summer months,” says Joe Dachowicz,
director, global product marketing
for American Standard Heating &
Air Conditioning, which manufactures the American Standard
Heritage Hybrid™ comfort system.
To ensure you’re saving energy,
Dachowicz recommends homeowners follow these guidelines:
Because of their superior efficiency, ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances save homeowners more on
energy costs than non-qualified appliances. ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances represent the top 25 percent
most energy-efficient models within a
In fact, when it comes to appliances, newer is almost always better.
Andy Sinclair, who works in the government relations ENERGY STAR®
department of Whirlpool Corporation, notes that when a homeowner
replaces a top-load non-qualified
clothes washer from 1995 with a new
Whirlpool brand Duet Steam (WF-
W9600T) model, they can expect
to save approximately 80 percent,
or nearly $80 on energy costs.
Washing Machine. When comparing top-load washing machines with front-load models,
front-load models can be more
efficient in some cases as a result of using less water, according