Heating and Cooling Your Home
In the United States, heating systems emit a billion tons of carbon
dioxide (CO2) and about 12% of the sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides
emitted by the nation. Heating and cooling systems accounts for more than fifty percent of energy usage in an
average home in the United States, with heating accounting for almost 2/3 of annual energy bills in the colder regions
of the country. This is in addition to the fact that heating systems emit a billion tons of carbon dioxide and about 12% of the sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides in the nation today.
Energy reduction for heating is the single most effective way to reduce your home's contribution to global
You can substantially reduce the energy use in your home by making use of efficient
controls and by implementing a solar
energy system. If your house furnace, heating system, or air conditioner is old or inefficient, it may also be cost effective to replace or upgrade it with a
newer high-efficiency design.
Here is some helpful tips to aid you in implementing efficient heating and cooling systems in your home: