Regional Efficiency Standards Save Energy.

Regional Efficiency Standards Save Energy.

Congratulations to the Air –Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) for being awarded the 2011 “Super Nova of Energy Efficiency” award from the Alliance to Save Energy.   AHRI lead a coalition energy efficiency advocacy groups in developing a regional efficiency standard consensus agreement.   Rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach the efficiency standard of a furnace, heat pump or central air-conditioner will now depend on the region in the country where the home is located.  The department of Energy will require furnaces in the colder northern regions to have higher minimum efficiencies than furnaces in the south and southwest.  The opposite would apply to air conditioners. 

By linking the energy efficiency standard of a device to the location where it has the greatest energy use, this agreement is projected to annually save as much energy as used by 18 million households and save consumers $13 billion between 2013 and 2030.  

To make the best advantage of these improved energy standards these systems should be used with programmable thermostats.  By using the preinstalled setbacks on a programmable thermostat a typical homeowner can save 10-15% of their heating and cooling costs.  For more information on energy efficient programmable thermostats please visit our website:

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