What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Utica? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Utica? A great place to start saving money is right inside your home. The Department of Energy estimates the price of heating and cooling your home to make up 48% of your utility bill. You’ll be happy to know that saving money on your energy bills doesn’t require a lot of time or money. The initial step on your money saving journey is scheduling your routine furnace service. The team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica has put together some tips that will assist you in keeping down the cost of heating and cooling your home. Program Your Programmable Thermostat Technology is progressing faster than ever and the technology within your thermostat is no exception. Our iComfort S30 utilizes the GPS from your smartphone and detects when you have left and adjusts itself to save energy while you aren’t home which can potentially save money. It doesn’t just know when you’ve left, it also detects when you will return and learns your routine and adjusts itself accordingly. According to studies done by the Department of Energy, having a well programmed, or smart thermostat, can save you on cooling costs. While still staying comfortable, set the thermostat as low as you can during the winter months and as high as you can during the summer. It’s easier for your body to make those adjustments if you change the temperature a degree a day. We offer several different thermostat options and we can help you choose the one that will work best with your schedule. The best choice for an ever-changing schedule is a 7-day model. This thermostat option allows you to set different temperature periods on the weekends and keep a regular schedule on weekdays. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, research your options so you’re able to make an educated decision when that day arrives. A few things you’ll want to look into are the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of air conditioners and the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of furnaces. The higher the rating, the greater the opportunity for savings. If you’re in the market for a new system or just hoping to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 586-731-0950 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.