What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Crestview?

March 04, 2016

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Crestview?

If you’re trying to save money, a great place to look 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 arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have some 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 conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and account for 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 have rebates for insulation and other equipment that can increase your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the correct 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 still staying 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 adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is probably your best choice. They offer 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 ideal if you keep 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 view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. 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 pros 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 set up your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, give us a call at 850-250-0335.