Programmable Thermostats

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Energy Star

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Energy Star was set up by the US Environmental Protection Agency in the early 1990s in an attempt to curb the emission of greenhouse gases by promoting energy efficient products. Devices carrying the Energy Star logo usually use 20%-30% less energy than federal standards. Although, originating in the USA, the Energy Star approval system  has been adopted by Australia, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and the European Union.

One of the key components of the Energy Star program is to increase energy efficiency in the home. By using less electricity homes help reduce carbon emissions. This is because fossil fuels are burnt by power stations to make electricity. The less electricity used, the less fossil fuel burnt. And the less fossil fuel burnt the less carbon dioxide and other pollutants (including mercury) that are released into the atmosphere.

It is the releasing of carbon dioxide and other ‘greenhouse’ gases into the atmosphere which is trapping the heat of the planet. The result is a general rise in temperature causing polar ice to melt and sea levels to rise. Habitat and biodiversity is threatened by global warming. And if you consider that 50% of the world’s human population live within 60km of a shoreline we are in for a nasty shock if we don’t do something about global warming.

By buying an Energy Star approved programmable thermostat and by using it responsibly you can achieve 3 worthy results:

  1. You can reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 30% a year (depending on your geographical location).
  2. You can reduce your carbon footprint and thus help fight global warming.
  3. You can increase the comfort of your home.

A programmable thermostat can cost as little $40 and can save you as much as $700 a year. If such an incredible rate of return interests you then read on to discover more about programmable thermostats.

Wed, January 5 2011 » Environment