What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Lodi?
If you’re trying 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 usually is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require 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 a few 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 assess everything that is present on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other things 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 change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to determine 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 anything. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.
The Department of Energy states 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 still staying comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to choose from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is probably your best solution. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature periods each 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 close to the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to view 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 adapts to 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 209-257-3156.