What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in San Angelo? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in San Angelo? If you’re looking 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 makes up 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 set up your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have some additional tips that can help keep your bills as low as possible. Schedule an Energy Audit If you reach out to your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is showing up on your monthly bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most utility companies also have 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 change. 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 change 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 anything. 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 notes 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 several different models to select from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is probably your best bet. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature periods per day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect if you keep the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re nearing the point where your system will need 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. 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 better the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C experts will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs. If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system working 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 possibilities, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 325-655-2515.