Beat The Heat This Summer

From Energy Upgrade California:

Air Conditioners and Home Cooling

Two-thirds of all homes in California have air conditioners. Air conditioners use about 4% of all electricity produced in California. As a result, roughly 585 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year.

Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners and Home Cooling

Make the switch to an ENERGY STAR® high-efficiency air conditioner to start saving energy and money instantly. Visit the Product Finder to compare the most energy-efficient AC units for your needs. Depending on the model you choose, you may be eligible to receive a rebate from your local energy provider. Visit the ENERGY STAR® Rebate Finder to learn more.


For Lowering Your Cooling Costs

Cooling Unit


Regularly clean and replace the filters in your cooling unit(s).



Use a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on annual heating and cooling costs.

Ceiling Fan


Install ceiling fans and turn off or lower the air conditioning.



Insulate your attic and walls and seal openings to prevent warm air leaks.

Duct Tape


Insulate and seal ducts to reduce about 30% of a cooling system’s energy consumption.

Outdoor Gril


Consider using an outdoor grill instead of your stove or oven on hotter days.

Window Coverings


Install energy-efficient window coverings to prevent solar heat gain.

Air Conditioner


Buy an ENERGY STAR®–certified air conditioner that is up to 15% more efficient.

All of these actions combined can keep your home cool and could reduce energy use for air conditioning by a whopping 20% to 50%.

Select an ENERGY STAR® high-efficiency air conditioner to achieve energy efficiency and reduce monthly energy costs. Visit your local energy provider’s website to see which energy-efficient appliances and home improvements are best for your home.

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