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What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Neptune City?

March 04, 2016

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Neptune City?

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 normally 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 a great 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 reach out to your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are often provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is showing up on your monthly 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 expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize the GPS In your smartphone to determine 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 returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.

The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat may

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 fits 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 normally have four possible temperature phases 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 a separate one for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re close to the point where your system will need 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 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C experts will help you make a well-informed decision that meets 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 732-806-5536.