What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Wyandotte?
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 normally makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s a great place to start. We also have a few additional tips that can help keep your expenses 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 include everything that is popping up on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other equipment 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 evolve. 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 not home. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s also able to learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.
The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat can
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 several 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 solution. 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 have the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends.
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you think you’re close 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 comes. 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 higher 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 there 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 734-284-1224.