What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Odessa? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Odessa? If you’re looking 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 is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a large investment of money or time. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have a few additional tips that can help keep your expenses as low as possible. Schedule an Energy Audit If you get a hold of your local utility provider, they will come do an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is popping up on your utility 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 things that can increase your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper change to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment. The Department of Energy says 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 several different models to choose from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is more than likely your best choice. 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 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 ought 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 arrives. 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 adapts to 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, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 432-333-2208.