As the second tip, Hiles totally approves of renters’ and buyers’ insistence upon the latest ENERGY STAR rated appliances. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR voluntary labeling program, launched in 1992, has become an influential factor in purchase decisions. Each year, consumers and program partners buy as many as 320 million energy efficient products that shave utility bills by more than $31 billion. “As compared to appliances just ten years old, with ENERGY STAR you can save almost 50% on your energy bill,” he highlights.
When temperatures rise and air conditioners work more than the usual hours, Marcus Hiles identifies traditional roofing insulation as the cause. A roof of a house absorbs the sun’s strong energy, and then heats the loft and air ducts, which significantly causes the cooling costs to surge. He justifies that highly reflective radiant barrier roof panels installed in the attic reflect the heat, reducing up to 97 percent of heat transfer from the base of the roof. “This third cheap trick will keep your attic up to 30 degrees cooler,” he adds.