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

March 04, 2016

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

If you’re trying 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 usually is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a large investment of money or time. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal 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 usually provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is present on your energy 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 been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything goes back 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 kick off, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.

The Department of Energy says 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 remaining comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to decide from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs.

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

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and another 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 take a look at all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time comes. 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 ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or possibilities, give us a call at 916-243-6714.