What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Hudsonville?
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 usually accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a big 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 expenses as low as possible.
Schedule an Energy Audit
If you get a hold of your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is showing up on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other equipment 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 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 adjustment 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 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 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 select from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.
If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is probably your best solution. They give 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 perfect if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends.
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you think you’re close 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 arrives. Look at 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 suits 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, give us a call at (616) 669-3961.