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

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

If you’re trying to save money, a great place to start is right inside your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home normally makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have some additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you reach out to your local utility provider, they will come conduct 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. Many utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other things that can improve 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 use the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re not home. 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 proper 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 adapts to your schedule and needs.

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

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect 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 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs.

If you’re not at that point, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system working 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 choices, give us a call at 713-688-8784.

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