Turn in that Old Air Conditioner
and Be Cool this Summer:
States 'BE COOL' Incentive Helps Con Edison Customers Save Energy
and Reduce Pollution
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Greenburgh, NY – April 23, 2007: New York City has always had a cool
vibe, but come summer it is one hot town. New Yorkers in the market
for a new room air conditioner can dispose of their old one at the
BE COOL Turn-in Event in the Town of Greenburgh on Sunday, April
28th at the Green Living Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
As part of its BE COOL Campaign, the New York State
Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is hosting
turn-in events throughout the city’s five boroughs and Westchester
County for residential and multifamily customers of Con Edison
electric service. Customers who turn in an old, working room air
conditioner and purchase a new ENERGY STAR® qualified model can earn
a “bounty” (financial incentive). Those turning in a window-based
room air conditioning unit earn $35 and those turning in a
through-the-wall air conditioning unit earn $100 when they purchase
a new ENERGY STAR model.
“NYSERDA’s BE COOL Campaign represents a huge
opportunity for New Yorkers to reduce both their energy use and
carbon dioxide emissions, as well as save money,” said Peter R.
Smith, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “With just a few simple
changes, New Yorkers can use their air conditioners without wasting
energy. It’s really the way to be cool this summer.”
The cost savings to New York City residents go far
beyond the initial incentive. According to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the average family spends $1,900 a year on energy
bills, nearly half of which goes to cooling and heating. ENERGY STAR
qualified room air conditioners use 10 to 25 percent less energy
than a conventional new model and up to 40 percent less energy than
a 10-year-old unit. ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners
often include timers or programmable thermostats for better
temperature control, allowing residents to use the minimum amount of
energy needed to cool a room, and to cool the room only when it’s
New Yorkers who are not eligible for the incentive
can still save on their summer energy bill by using timers on air
conditioners and lighting; closing shades or curtains on windows
that receive direct afternoon sun; using ENERGY STAR qualified
compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) instead of wasteful,
heat-generating incandescent bulbs; and always looking for the
ENERGY STAR label when purchasing appliances and air conditioning
products. Also, by shifting energy-intensive tasks such as
dishwashing and clothes washing to cooler early morning or late
night hours, New Yorkers can help reduce mid-afternoon heat build-up
and make sure there is enough electricity for everyone during the
hottest part of the day.
"The New York Power Authority's energy efficiency
programs, on behalf of its public sector partners, have contributed
to significant energy savings across the state. With NYSERDA, the
Power Authority, Westchester County, Con Edison and now the Town of
Greenburgh working together, BE COOL will help provide consumers
with the tools to save energy in the home this summer," said Timothy
S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, New York Power
NYSERDA offers these additional tips to reduce
summer energy bills by up to 30 percent or more: Turn In. Turn On.
ENERGY STAR® qualified room air conditioners use up
to 25 percent less energy than a standard new model and up to 40
percent less energy than a model more than 10 years old. Units with
high Energy Efficiency Ratios (EERs) cost less to operate so look
for ones with the highest EER.
A properly sized air conditioner will operate more efficiently and
dehumidify more effectively. An oversized unit will cycle on and off
more frequently. Short cycling reduces an air conditioning system’s
life, and a short cycling system will not reduce humidity
effectively. Undersized equipment can reduce the efficiency of air
distribution and accelerate wear on system components, leading to
premature failure. When buying a new central air conditioning unit,
a Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited Home Performance
with ENERGY STAR contractor can determine the correct size and
provide installation of the unit.
Work off peak
To reduce a home’s heat and moisture and reduce peak load usage, use
ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning
or at night when it’s generally cooler outside. Use a microwave to
cook, or barbecue, if possible.
No Dirty Business
A dirty filter will increase energy use and can damage the air
conditioner leading to early failures, so check it every month and
replace as needed.
Chill Out in the Shade
A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10 percent less
electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
Don’t Forget the Adoring Fans
ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fans can help cool a home without
greatly increasing electricity use. They improve airflow and create
Just Chill When You’re Home
For central air conditioning, an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable
thermostat allows homeowners to automatically adjust to a more
comfortable temperature when they are home. While away, homeowners
can set the temperature to use less cooling. Residents save three
percent on energy costs for each degree they turn up the thermostat
from 72 degrees.
A Home Needs Shades Too
Block out heat by keeping blinds or curtains closed during the
day, especially on south facing windows.
Take a Whole House Approach
Houses work as a system. Insulation, heating and air-conditioning,
air sealing, water heating, ductwork, windows and doors all work
together to determine efficiency. A Home Performance with ENERGY
STAR contractor can perform a home energy assessment to help
residents map a plan to improve a home’s energy efficiency.
Turn It Off
Save electricity and reduce waste heat by shutting off lights.
Seldom used home electronics should actually be unplugged from the
wall. Items like DVD players, VCRs and cordless phones use 40
percent of their energy while in the off position to power functions
like clocks and remote controls.
Visit www.GetEnergySmart.org or call 1-877-NY-SMART
(1-877-697-6278) for more information about BE COOL and other summer
energy saving tips.
The New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority (NYSERDA) uses innovation and technology to solve some of
New York's most difficult and environmental problems in ways that
improve the State's economy.
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