Heating & Cooling


Feel like the warm air you’re paying for in your home rises, hitting the ceiling but missing you? With an air deflector or vent cover, you can redirect air-conditioned air upward or heated air downward to better blend the temperature in the room. It’s also adjustable for various air vent sizes, so a perfect fit for your home’s vents. Keep the cold air outside and stay comfortable in your home all winter long. ($4-$6)


You should regularly replace the air filters on your heating and cooling unit as frequently as every month during the summer and winter when you use the system the most. Air filter whistles make it easy to remember. Simply attach the whistle to your filter and it will automatically “sing” when it’s clogged, reminding you to make the swap. ($3-$7)


Also called radiator reflector panels, these thin metal sheets slide between your wall and radiator, and reflect the heat off the wall and back into the room. By circulating the air and reducing the heat wasted into the wall, your heater doesn’t have to work as hard. These simple devices can cut up to 30% off your heating bill. (Approx. $15)


It’s important to regularly change air filters to keep your system running efficiently and indoor air healthy — especially during peak heating and cooling seasons. Doing so will also keep your furnace running longer. To save more money without sacrificing air quality or your HVAC equipment, consider upgrading to a reusable air filter. It works just as well capturing particles and can be washed and re-used for up to 10 years with proper care. If you prefer to stick with disposable filters, attach an air filter whistle. You will know your filter is clogged when the whistle starts to “sing.” (Approx. $30)


Any programmable thermostat will help you save energy and money. For the true techie, spend a bit more on a Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat. It will automatically adjust the temperature based on your preferences and habits, and allow you to remotely control the device from anywhere in the world with your smartphone, computer or tablet. You could save up to $180 in heating and cooling costs per year, according to the Department of Energy – which practically covers the cost of the thermostat. Talk about smart! ($175-$250)


If you think of window air conditioners as clunky, outdated and inefficient, then you haven’t seen what smart technology can do! A smart window air conditioner learns your daily patterns and cools your home — not all the time, wasting energy and costs, but at the times you need it. It will even turn on and off based on your location. An easy and attractive replacement for that old window unit – what’s not to love? ($250)

Lesson Plans
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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!