What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Tuscaloosa? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Tuscaloosa? If you’re wanting 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 large 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 a few 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 energy 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 things that can boost your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment. The Department of Energy states that a well programmed thermostat can reduce your heating costs by up to 35% and your cooling costs by up to 25%. Set your thermostat as low as you can, while remaining comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several different models to select from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is probably your best bet. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature periods per 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 take a look at 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C experts will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs. If you’re not at that point, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system operating smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 205-758-2703.