What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Buellton?
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 normally is 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 arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have some additional tips that can help keep your expenses 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 include everything that is popping up 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 equipment that can improve your home’s efficiency.
Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Thermostats have been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. 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
reduce 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 several different models to decide from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is more than likely your best solution. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods each day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends.
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you think you’re almost to the point where your system should be replaced, it’s a good idea to research 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 adapts to you and your needs.
If you’re not there yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running 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 choices, give us a call at 805-242-9638.