What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Marshalltown?
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 necessitate a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect 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 reach out to your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and include everything that is present on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other items that can increase 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 adjustment to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the right adjustment.
The Department of Energy notes 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 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 meets your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is more than likely your best solution. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally 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 another for weekends.
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you think you’re close to the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to research 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 higher the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs.
If you’re not at that point, 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 641-812-2028.