What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Plainfield?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Plainfield?

If you’re wanting to save money, a great place to look is right inside your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home typically accounts for 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 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 usually provided free-of-charge and include everything that is popping up on your monthly bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other things that can boost your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have evolved quite a bit, 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 increase efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to learn 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

lower 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 choose from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is likely your best choice. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods each day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a different one for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re nearing 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 necessitates. View 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 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 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 815-410-1231.

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