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

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

If you’re wanting 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 typically makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal 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 contact your local utility provider, they will come do an energy audit of your home. These services are often 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 have rebates for insulation and other things 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 change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re away. 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 start again, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.

The Department of Energy states that a well programmed thermostat can

reduce 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 a number of different models to select from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is probably your best bet. They offer 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 perfect if you maintain the same schedule on weekdays and a separate one for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re close to the point where your system will need 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 necessitates. 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 pros 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 options, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 469-617-3437.