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

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

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 need a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal 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 contact 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 energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other items 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 change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper change 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 making any changes. It’s also able to learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.

The Department of Energy says that a well programmed thermostat may

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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few 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 more than likely your best solution. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally have four possible temperature phases per day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you have 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 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 higher the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals 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 working 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, give us a call at 308-995-8177.

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