What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Grand Prairie?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Grand Prairie?

If you’re trying 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 necessitate a large investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s a great 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 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 include everything that is present on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other equipment that can improve 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 utilize the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re not home. 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 start again, 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 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 probably your best solution. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally 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. 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 better the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C pros 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 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 choices, give us a call at 972-445-9504.

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