What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Kearney?
If you’re looking 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 usually accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s a great place to start. We also have a couple additional tips that can help keep your bills as low as possible.
Schedule an Energy Audit
If you reach out to your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is present on your monthly bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other items that can improve 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 utilize the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re away. 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 right adjustment.
The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat may
lower 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 decide 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 provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature periods every day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you keep 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 research all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that meets you and your needs.
If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system operating 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 308-624-3485.