What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Kennesaw and surrounding areas?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Kennesaw and surrounding areas?

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 makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect place to start. We also have a couple additional tips that can help keep your bills 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 typically provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is present on your utility 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 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 change to help you save money and improve 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 roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.

The Department of Energy states that a well programmed thermostat may

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 several different models to select from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is more than likely your best solution. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature stages each day.

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

If you’re not there yet, 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, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 404-987-5502.

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