What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Keokuk?
If you’re looking 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 normally accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect 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 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. A lot of utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other items that can increase 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 employ the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper change 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 proper adjustment.
The Department of Energy states that a well programmed thermostat may
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 number of different models to select from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is likely your best choice. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature stages each day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you keep the same schedule on weekdays and another 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 research all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time arrives. 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 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 choices, give us a call at 319-229-2318.