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Here's What to Know About Energy Star GuidelinesIf you want to trim your household energy expenses, you can start by making sure that the electronic devices you use are as energy efficient as possible. The government's Energy Star program can provide you with the information and guidelines you need to make informed choices when buying new or replacement products.

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Why Should You Learn Your Home's Energy Rating?Are you interested in determining your home's energy efficiency? If so, you should consider learning about the home energy rating system (HERS) index and how your home scores. This professional analysis of a home's energy efficiency is used to qualify it for the Energy Star label, energy-efficient mortgage (EEM), and certain tax incentives and rebates. After your home qualifies for these benefits, you'll have an easier time selling it. However, if you don't want to sell, a low HERS index means you'll be saving on energy, with probable comfort benefits too.

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Reduce Electricity Usage in Your Indiana Home With These Easy-to-Follow TipsAfter a particularly severe winter, many of us here in Indiana were thrilled to see the season of heating bills ending. However, the summer is right around the corner, and air conditioning will soon become a necessity, driving costs up again. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this increase by making your home more efficient and lowering your energy consumption. Here are a few tips to get started and reduce electricity usage in your home:

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The Energy Star Most Efficient Label Points to High-Efficiency HVAC OptionsWant to save money on your utility bill and keep your home comfortable all year? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency manages the Energy Star program to guide consumers in the purchase of a variety of energy-using electronics and appliances, including residential heating and cooling systems. In the last year or so, the EPA realized that so many products were qualifying for the Energy Star that it had lost its edge when it comes to singling out the best of the best. That's why the federal agency developed the Energy Star Most Efficient program. When you purchase a central A/C, heat pump or furnace that's marked as Most Efficient, you know you have a product that will begin saving you immediately on energy bills, and keep saving throughout its service life.

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Purchasing a New HVAC System? Learn the Terms AFUE, SEER, and HSPF Before You BuyIf you are considering purchasing a new HVAC system, you will want to know the terms AFUE, SEER, HSPF, among others. These acronyms refer to different methods for measuring the efficiency of central heating and cooling systems.

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Time for Your HVAC System's Seasonal MaintenanceSpring is here, so summer's not too far away. After a tough winter here in the Ft. Wayne area, you know that your HVAC system has been working extra hard to keep your house warm. With hot weather on the way in the next couple of months, you’ll soon be seeking the comfort of your air conditioner. That's why there's no time like the present to schedule seasonal maintenance on your A/C system.

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Are Gas Furnace Efficiency Standards Going Up in States With Colder Winters?About 40 percent of the energy consumed by the U.S. residential sector is for space heating purposes. That makes raising gas furnace efficiency standards a huge target for improving energy efficiency across the country. Does that mean heating efficiency standards are going up any time soon?

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Hiring a Contractor for Your A/C Installation: An Easy ChecklistFort Wayne area summers can get awfully hot and sticky. Savvy homeowners with aging cooling systems who have chosen to upgrade to a new, energy-efficient air conditioner to prepare for the heat may wonder what criteria to look for when hiring a contractor for A/C installation. 

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