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 large investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have some 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 usually 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 offer 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 learn 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 could

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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a number of different models to choose from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is likely your best choice. They give 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 another for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re close to the point where your system should be replaced, it’s a good idea to research 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 there yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system working smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t arranged your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, give us a call at 469-213-8367.

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