What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Cedar Rapids?

March 04, 2016

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Cedar Rapids?

If you’re looking to save money, a great place to begin 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 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 a few additional tips that can help keep your bills as low as possible.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you contact your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are often 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 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 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 change to help you save money and boost 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 kick off, your thermostat can make the right adjustment.

The Department of Energy states 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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several different models to choose from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is likely your best bet. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature phases each day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you keep 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 ought to 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 comes. 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 adapts to 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 options, give us a call at 319-208-3295.