Home heating and cooling has been revolutionized in the past 10-15 years. If you don’t have an Energy Star-approved appliance, the money you think you are saving by not making a purchase could be getting burned up in your inefficient unit.

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If you’ve been thinking about replacing your old air conditioner, now might be a good time. The¬†Environmental Protection Agency¬†is continuing to phase out the old industry-standard R-22 refrigerant, and this has caused costs for air conditioning recharge service to skyrocket. This year is expected to be the first time since the phase-out began several years…

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Homeowners who need to replace their heat pumps or air conditioning equipment can take advantage of federal tax credits for high-efficiency cooling systems this year. The equipment has to meet minimum energy efficiency standards, known as the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and EER (energy efficiency ratio). The credits are retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012…

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