What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Stuart?
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 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 set up your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have a few additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible.
Schedule an Energy Audit
If you contact your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are often provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is present on your energy 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 items that can improve your home’s efficiency.
Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Thermostats have evolved quite a bit, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration 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 adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.
The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat can
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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several different models to choose from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is more than likely your best choice. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature stages every 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 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. 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 experts will help you make a well-informed decision that meets you and your needs.
If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system working smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or possibilities, give us a call at 772-600-7151.