What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in McMurray?
If you’re trying 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 typically makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a huge 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 a few 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 complete an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and include everything that is present on your monthly bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other items that can improve 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 utilize the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper change to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.
The Department of Energy notes 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 decide from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is likely your best bet. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature stages per day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect 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 take a look at 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 experts will help you make a well-informed decision that meets 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 options, give us a call at 724-370-0141.