What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Utica? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Utica? If you’re trying 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 accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s a great 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 contact your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are often provided free-of-charge and include everything that is showing up on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other items that can improve your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have evolved quite a bit, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ 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 anything. It’s also able to learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the proper 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 still staying comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a number of different models to decide from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is likely your best solution. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods per 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 nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to take a look at all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time arrives. View 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 professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to 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 set up your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 586-731-0950.