What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Colorado Springs? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Colorado Springs? 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 normally is 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 set up your furnace service for the year, that’s a great 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 reach out to your local utility provider, they will come complete an energy audit of your home. These services are often 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 items 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 change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to detect 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 back to normal 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 correct adjustment. The Department of Energy says that a well programmed thermostat can 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 a number of 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 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 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 separate one for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to 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 comes. 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 professionals 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, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 719-332-3458.