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

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

If you’re trying 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 need a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for 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 bills as low as possible.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you reach out to your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and include everything that is popping up on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other items 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 use the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and boost 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 kick off, your thermostat can make the correct 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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several different models to decide from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is likely your best choice. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally have four possible temperature periods per day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a separate 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 view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time comes. 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 better the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that suits you and your needs.

If you’re not ready yet, 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 options, give us a call at 662-269-8716.

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