What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Wisconsin Rapids?
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 usually accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have a couple additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible.
Schedule an Energy Audit
If you get a hold of your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are often provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is present on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other items that can improve 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 use the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.
The Department of Energy states that a well programmed thermostat may
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 still staying comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few 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 choice. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods every day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best 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 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 arrives. 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 experts will help you make a well-informed decision that suits you and your needs.
If you’re not there yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system operating 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 715-301-0256.