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Real Estate: Five Ways to Save Money While Improving Your Home's Energy Efficiency
Real Estate: Five Ways to Save Money While Improving Your Home's Energy Efficiency
(ARA) - The warning letters have already started filling mailboxes across the country. This winter, Americans will face higher utility bills than ever before. While many will see their bills double, some costs will actually triple due to factors such as increased gas and oil prices and greater global demand. While these factors are beyond your control, there are some steps you can take to improve your home's energy efficiency; and reduce your costs.

1. Improve your home's air quality and ventilation.

If your home does not have a ventilation system that provides for adequate air movement, add one that introduces fresh air to increase your comfort and adds to your energy efficiency.

Without adequate ventilation, your home's heating and cooling systems need to work harder, meaning more energy and more money is required. Furthermore, uncirculated, stale air allows moisture, odors and pollutants to linger in your home. However, there is a solution.

You can eliminate all these problems effectively with the addition of a spot Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) which will provide tempered supply air, making the home more comfortable, while also efficiently yielding energy savings. The Panasonic WhisperComfort Spot ERV is the first ceiling insert ERV in the United States. It exhausts stale air from inside the home and replaces it with fresh air from outdoors, providing builders and homeowners with an affordable way to efficiently meet spot or whole house ventilation requirements.

WhisperComfort operation is designed to work two ways: "Spot Ventilation," which is suitable for a single room; or "Whole House Ventilation," which is suitable up to 1,750 square feet. The system features low-rate continuous run using two ducts -- one to exhaust stale air; and the other to supply fresh air from the outside. This practice helps ensure that indoor air pollutants are exhausted outside and replaced with fresh air -- helping to improve your home's indoor air quality.

In addition, the WhisperComfort features quiet operation and has a frost prevention mode that automatically turns on when the outdoor temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

"We are dedicated to improving quality of life through sound environmental practices, and WhisperComfort offers spot or whole-house ventilation at a surprisingly low cost. In addition to the aesthetically pleasing grille design, this new ceiling-insert ERV can be easily installed during new construction or remodeling," says Dan Hogan, president, Panasonic Home and Environment Company.

For more information about the very affordable Panasonic WhisperComfort ERV,, visit www.panasonic.com/ventfans.


2. Check the insulation levels in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors and crawl spaces. Visit www.energysavers.gov for instructions on checking your insulation levels.


3. Check for holes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches and electrical outlets that can leak air into or out of your home. Caulk and insulate these energy wasting areas.


4. As appliances break down, replace old and inefficient models with ENERGY STAR rated units that require less energy to run. Also look for the ENERGY STAR rating when replacing heating and cooling systems.


< 5. Study your family's lighting needs and usage patterns, paying special attention to high-use areas such as the living room, kitchen and outside lighting. Look for ways to use lighting controls, like occupancy sensors and dimmer switches to reduce lighting energy use. Also remember to systematically replace incandescent bulbs as they burn out with more energy efficient compact fluorescents and LEDs.


For more advice on how to save energy in your home, visit the United State's Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov and download a copy of the brochure, "Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home."

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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