help address the challenges of rising energy bills this season, the
Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute has launched the “2
Degree Pledge” initiative. The Pledge offers easy homeowner steps ― such as
installing a programmable thermostat, ensuring proper maintenance by a
professional, and adjusting thermostat settings ― to help people achieve lower
energy bills through greater energy efficiency.
collaboration with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the Edison
Electric Institute, the U.S. Energy Association, and North American Technician
Excellence, reports that average heating costs are expected to increase by
nearly 20 percent over last year.
2 Degree Pledge urges consumers to think about their heating system efficiency
now, before the winter heating season," said AHRI President Stephen
. "With just a couple degrees of change, such as installing
a programmable thermostat and setting the thermostat a few degrees higher when
they leave the house for the day, homeowners can simply and significantly
reduce their energy costs, without compromising their comfort.”
to the U.S. EPA, more than half of all home heating systems in the United
States do not perform to their rated efficiency as a result of improper
installation and maintenance. The 2 Degree Pledge urges homeowners to contact a
heating pro to have their systems serviced and optimized for efficiency and
is time that we as a nation address the efficiency loss that occurs when
heating and cooling equipment is not installed correctly, maintained properly
or used wisely," said Yurek. "The nation will never reap the energy
savings more efficient equipment can deliver if we don't address these three
issues as soon as possible."
further save energy, the campaign encourages consumers to change filters, seal ducts and windows, and insulate walls, and says these steps
can result in savings of up to 20 percent on energy bills.
Learn more about the 2 Degree Pledge, visit www.2degreepledge.org
. The website includes tools and
calculators to help homeowners determine if an upgrade to a more efficient
heating or cooling system makes sense for them. It also features maintenance
and quality installation checklists to review with their heating and cooling
system technician or contractor to make sure their system's performance is