What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Auburn? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Auburn? If you’re trying to save money, a great place to look is right inside your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home normally is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a large investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s a great 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 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 showing up on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other items that can increase your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to evolve. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything goes back 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 roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment. The Department of Energy says that a well programmed thermostat may lower 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 a number of different models to decide from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is probably your best bet. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature stages per day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and a separate 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 comes. 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 better 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 running smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or options, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 530-885-8081.