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

March 04, 2016

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

If you’re wanting 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 typically is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a huge 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 couple 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 do an energy audit of your home. These services are often provided free-of-charge and include everything that is popping up on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most 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 evolved quite a bit, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and increase 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 adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.

The Department of Energy notes 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 remaining comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to choose 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 solution. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature phases per day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a different one for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re close to the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to take a look at all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time arrives. 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 better the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that meets you and your needs.

If you’re not there yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system working 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 options, give us a call at 862-345-6896.