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

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

If you’re wanting 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 accounts for 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 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 contact your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are usually 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. Most utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other equipment that can boost your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to evolve. 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 improve efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything returns to normal 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 kick off, your thermostat can make the proper 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 few different models to choose from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is probably your best choice. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature phases each day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal 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 should 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 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 suits you and your needs.

If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running 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 options, give us a call at 866-326-9537.

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