What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Ballwin and St. Charles?
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 typically is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a large investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled 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 costs as low as possible.
Schedule an Energy Audit
If you get a hold of your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and include everything that is present on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other items that can improve your home’s efficiency.
Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Thermostats have come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use 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 not home. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the right adjustment.
The Department of Energy says 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 still staying 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 adapts to your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is likely your best bet. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually 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 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 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 pros 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 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 choices, give us a call at 636-206-4250.