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

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

If you’re looking 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 usually accounts for 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 a great 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 conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is showing up on your monthly bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other things 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 evolve. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything returns 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 right adjustment.

The Department of Energy states 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 number of different models to decide from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is more than likely your best solution. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature stages each 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 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 necessitates. 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 pros will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to 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 choices, give us a call at 262-358-9468.

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