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

March 04, 2016

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

If you’re wanting to save money, a great place to begin is right inside your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home usually is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate 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 few 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 complete an energy audit of your home. These services are often provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is showing up on your monthly 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 increase 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 use the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.

The Department of Energy states that a well programmed thermostat can

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 select from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is likely your best bet. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally have four possible temperature phases every day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal 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 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 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 experts 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 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 715-318-6728.