What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Pocatello?
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 typically makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a huge 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 some 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 showing 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 things that can improve 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 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 kick off, your thermostat can make the right 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 choose from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is more than likely your best solution. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods each day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you keep 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 arrives. 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 higher 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 operating 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 options, give us a call at 208-621-0129.