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

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

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 usually is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have a couple additional tips that can help keep your costs 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 often provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is popping up on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other equipment that can boost your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper change to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.

The Department of Energy says that a well programmed thermostat could

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 meets your schedule and needs.

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

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you have 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 view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time comes. Look at 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 meets you and your needs.

If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system working 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 828-283-0369.

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