What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Fort Worth?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Fort Worth?

If you’re trying 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 normally is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for 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 bills as low as possible.

Schedule an Energy Audit

If you contact 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. A lot of utility companies also can provide 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 evolve. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to utilize the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. 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 says that a well programmed thermostat may

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 often, a 7-day model is more than likely your best solution. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally have four possible temperature stages 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 another for weekends.

Selecting and Maintaining Your System

If you think you’re almost to 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 necessitates. Check out 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 suits you and your needs.

If you’re not ready yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system operating 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 possibilities, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 817-864-1021.

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