What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Columbia?
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 usually accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have some 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 do an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is popping up on your monthly 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 been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the right adjustment.
The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat could
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 select from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is likely your best choice. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature phases per day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a different 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 take a look at 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 experts 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 operating 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 601-736-7362.