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

March 04, 2016

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

If you’re trying 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 big investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s a great place to start. We also have a couple additional tips that can help keep your costs 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 assess everything that is present 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 items that can boost your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. 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 increase efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adapt 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 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 remaining comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a number of different models to decide from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is likely your best choice. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally have four possible temperature phases per day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time arrives. 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C pros will help you make a well-informed decision that suits 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 set up your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, give us a call at 714-855-1717.