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

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

If you’re looking 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 accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a large investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s a great 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 often provided free-of-charge and include everything that is present 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 things that can increase 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 utilize the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and increase 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 adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.

The Department of Energy notes 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 number of different models to select from so pick the one that best adapts to 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 usually have four possible temperature periods each day.

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

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re almost to the point where your system ought to 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C pros 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 scheduled your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or options, give us a call at 208-621-0129.

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