What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Madera? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Madera? If you’re looking 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 normally makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have a couple additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible. Schedule an Energy Audit If you contact your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is popping 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 items 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 expand. 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 improve efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment. The Department of Energy says that a well programmed thermostat may 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 still staying comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several 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 likely your best solution. They provide 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 perfect 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 view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time comes. 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 professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs. If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running 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, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 559-675-1681.