What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Auburn?
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 normally makes up 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 scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect 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 get a hold of your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is showing up on your monthly bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other things that can improve 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 utilize the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper change to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the right adjustment.
The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat could
reduce 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 often, a 7-day model is more than likely your best choice. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally have four possible temperature stages every day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect if you have the same schedule on weekdays and another 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 research 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that suits you and your needs.
If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running 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 530-885-8081.