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

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

If you’re looking 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 usually is 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 set up your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have some additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you reach out to 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 popping up on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other equipment that can boost your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have evolved quite a bit, and the technology behind them only continues to evolve. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ 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 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 roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.

The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat can

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 few different models to choose from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is likely your best bet. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature stages each day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you maintain 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 should be replaced, it’s a good idea to research all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. 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 higher 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 arranged your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or options, give us a call at 205-208-8090.

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