What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Pacheco? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Pacheco? If you’re looking 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 usually is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a big 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 couple 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 conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is showing up 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 come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ 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 not home. 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 learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the right adjustment. The Department of Energy says 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 still staying comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to choose from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is likely your best solution. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods every day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a different one for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re close 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 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 experts will help you make a well-informed decision that meets you and your needs. If you’re not there yet, 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, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 925-689-7017.