What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Perry?
If you’re wanting to save money, a great place to start is right inside your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home typically accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have some additional tips that can help keep your bills as low as possible.
Schedule an Energy Audit
If you contact your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is present on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other things that can boost your home’s efficiency.
Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Thermostats have come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.
The Department of Energy says that a well programmed thermostat may
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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several different models to select from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is more than likely your best bet. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature phases each day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect if you keep the same schedule on weekdays and a different one for weekends.
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you think you’re almost to the point where your system should be replaced, it’s a good idea to view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. Check out 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 pros will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs.
If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system operating smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t arranged your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or possibilities, give us a call at 478-202-3076.