What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in West Valley? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in West Valley? If you’re looking 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 arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have a few additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible. Schedule an Energy AuditIf you get a hold of your local utility provider, they will come do an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is showing 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 items that can increase your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable ThermostatThermostats have come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the right adjustment. The Department of Energy states that a well programmed thermostat could decrease 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 choose from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is more than likely your best solution. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods every day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a separate one for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your SystemIf you think you’re nearing 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 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 suits you and your needs. If you’re not ready yet, 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 choices, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 801-969-7088.