What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Suffolk/Nassau County?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Suffolk/Nassau County?

If you’re looking to save money, a great place to begin is right inside your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home usually 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 scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s a great place to start. We also have a few additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you reach out to your local utility provider, they will come do an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is showing up on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other things that can increase your home’s efficiency.

Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats have come a long way, 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 change to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re not home. 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 start again, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.

The Department of Energy states 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 remaining comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several different models to choose from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is more than likely your best bet. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature stages 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 almost to the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to research 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 better 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 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, give us a call at 631-737-5566.

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