What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in the Main Line? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in the Main Line? 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 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 some 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 do an energy audit of your home. These services are often 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. A lot of utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other equipment that can increase your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize 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 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 proper adjustment. The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat can reduce 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 several different models to decide from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is probably your best bet. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods per day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re close to the point where your system ought to be replaced, it’s a good idea to view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. View 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 experts 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 set up your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 610-626-2540.