What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Reeds Spring? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Reeds Spring? If you’re wanting 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 makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a large 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 some 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 typically 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. Most utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other items that can increase your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have evolved quite a bit, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything returns 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 start again, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment. The Department of Energy states 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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to decide from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is likely your best solution. They give 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 a different one for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to research all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that meets 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 scheduled your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or possibilities, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 417-739-4606.