What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Westerville?
If you’re looking 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 typically accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a large 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 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 do an energy audit of your home. These services are often provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is showing up on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other equipment that can improve your home’s efficiency.
Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Thermostats have been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper change to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the proper 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 remaining comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to select from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is probably your best solution. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature phases per 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 close 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. Check out 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 suits 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 scheduled your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, give us a call at 614-344-6949.