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

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

If you’re trying 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 normally makes up about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate 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 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 usually provided free-of-charge and include everything that is showing 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 been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to evolve. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize 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 not home. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the right 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 still staying comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to select from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs.

If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is more than likely your best solution. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature phases every day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you keep the same schedule on weekdays and a different 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 research all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time arrives. 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 better the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C experts 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 set up your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or possibilities, give us a call at 309-323-9584.

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