What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Greenville? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Greenville? If you’re looking 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 is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a large investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled 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 include everything that is popping up on your monthly bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other things that can increase 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 employ the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re gone. 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 adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the right adjustment. The Department of Energy states 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 a number of different models to select from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is likely your best choice. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature phases per day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re almost to the point where your system ought 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. 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 pros will help you make a well-informed decision that meets 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 set up your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or options, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 903-883-2829.