What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Troy?
If you’re trying 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 usually is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a large 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 bills 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 usually provided free-of-charge and include everything that is present 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 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 employ the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re gone. 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 adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.
The Department of Energy says 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 fits your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is probably your best bet. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature periods each day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you keep 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 ought to be replaced, it’s a good idea to view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time comes. View 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 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 set up your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or possibilities, give us a call at 937-558-9478.