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

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

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 typically makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need 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 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. A lot of utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other equipment that can boost your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have come a long way, 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 away. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the proper 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 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 fits your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is probably your best choice. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature phases every 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 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. 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 better 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 at that point, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t arranged your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or options, give us a call at 256-270-1196.

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