What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Upland? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Upland? If you’re wanting 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 normally 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 scheduled 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 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 increase your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have evolved quite a bit, and the technology behind them only continues to evolve. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use 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 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 proper adjustment. The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat could 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 number of different models to choose from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is more than likely your best choice. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature periods every day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and another 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 view 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 higher the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals 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 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 possibilities, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 909-982-5698.