Between 1990 and 2000, the efficiency standards of appliances were able to reduce the energy bills of consumers by around 50 billion dollars. From 2000 on, the carbon emissions have reduced by 2 percent. As the older appliances are replaced by new ones, the positive impacts are going to continue to grow and flourish. From 1990 through 2030, estimates believe that consumers and businesses are going to save around $186 billion from the adoption of the existing standards.
US law governs the efficiency in HVAC units from the Department of Energy. Every unit is assigned an SEER number, which stands for a seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The SEER number is defined as the total output of the cooling system that is provided from the unit for normal usage throughout the year divided by the total energy that is put into the unit for the same period.
For years, the standard SEER was six, but that is not the case today. Based on information from the Environmental Protection Agency, SEER 13 standards represent a 30 percent increase for the total amount of efficiency in an air conditioner unit. For the SEER 12 units, there was only a 20 percent increase in efficiency. The extra energy that will be saved amounts to around $1 billion to consumers by the time 2020 rolls around.
By making the upgrade to an SEER of 13, you will reduce the amount of pollution and reduce the fossil fuels consumed. In reality, the higher the SEER number is, the more energy you are going to save every month. Increasing the rating of your unit could save you hundreds of dollars every year. Making a small upgrade can mean the world of difference between a high energy bill and one that is roughly 20 percent lower every month. Regardless of how large or small your home is, you will notice a reduction in your energy bills by simply upgrading your unit to that of one with a better SEER number. Instead of spending a fortune every month, you can start reaping the rewards in no time.