What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Perry?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Perry?

If you’re trying to save money, a great place to begin is right inside your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home usually makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have a few additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you reach out to your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and include everything that is present on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other items that can increase your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to evolve. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.

The Department of Energy says that a well programmed thermostat could

decrease your heating costs by up to 35% and your cooling costs by up to 25%. Set your thermostat as low as you can, while remaining comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a number of different models to decide from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is probably your best choice. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature stages each day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. Look at the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of air conditioners and the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of the furnaces. The higher the ratings, the greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs.

If you’re not at that point, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system operating smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, give us a call at 478-202-3076.

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