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What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Northwest Arkansas?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Northwest Arkansas?

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 need a large investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect 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 reach out to your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and include everything that is popping 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 come a long way, and the technology behind them only continues to change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to determine 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 returns 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 proper adjustment.

The Department of Energy says that a well programmed thermostat may

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 remaining 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 a lot, a 7-day model is more than likely your best choice. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods per day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you keep the same schedule on weekdays and a separate one for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re nearing 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 arrives. View 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 professionals 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 running 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 479-372-4304.