What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Topeka? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Topeka? If you’re wanting 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 typically accounts for 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 some additional tips that can help keep your bills 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 account for everything that is popping up on your monthly bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most utility companies also can provide rebates for insulation and other things that can improve 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 employ the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s also able to learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the right adjustment. The Department of Energy states 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 still staying 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 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 normally have four possible temperature phases every day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you keep 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 ought 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. 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 higher 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 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 choices, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 785-357-6200.