What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Royse City?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Royse City?

If you’re trying to save money, a great place to look is right inside your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home typically accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled 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 expenses 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 include 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 have rebates for insulation and other equipment 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 expand. 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 increase efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the right 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 still staying 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 fits your schedule and needs.

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

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a separate one for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re close to the point where your system should be replaced, it’s a good idea to research 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 better 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 ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t arranged your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, give us a call at 972-695-2264.

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