What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Humble? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Humble? 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 usually is about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require 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 get a hold of your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is present on your monthly 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 boost your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have evolved quite a bit, and the technology behind them only continues to evolve. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper change to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything goes back 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 roll around, your thermostat can make the proper 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 ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are a few different models to decide from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is probably your best choice. 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 have the same schedule on weekdays and another for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re close to the point where your system should be replaced, it’s a good idea to research all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. 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 experts will help you make a well-informed decision that meets you and your needs. If you’re not there 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 choices, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 281-713-8304.