What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Greater Richmond?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Greater Richmond?

If you’re wanting 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 typically is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have some additional tips that can help keep your bills as low as possible.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you reach out to your local utility provider, they will come do an energy audit of your home. These services are usually 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. Most utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other equipment 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 determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper change 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 kick off, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.

The Department of Energy notes 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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to decide 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 solution. They offer 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 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. 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C experts will help you make a well-informed decision that suits you and your needs.

If you’re not at that point, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running 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 possibilities, give us a call at 804-302-6657.

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