What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Saint Petersburg?

March 04, 2016

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Saint Petersburg?

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 normally is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t necessitate a huge 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 couple 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 often provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is popping up on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other equipment 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 use the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and improve efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything goes to the way it was and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to learn your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the right adjustment.

The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat can

lower your heating costs by up to 35% and your cooling costs by up to 25%. Set your thermostat as low as you can, while ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few 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 probably your best choice. They provide you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally have four possible temperature stages each day.

There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a different one 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 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 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 there yet, 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 options, give us a call at 727-369-6195.