What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Minocqua? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Minocqua? 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 typically accounts for about 48% of your utility bill. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t need a huge investment of money or time. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year, that’s the perfect 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 do an energy audit of your home. These services are typically provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is popping up on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other things that can improve your home’s efficiency. Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat Thermostats have evolved quite a bit, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to determine when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and boost 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 right adjustment. The Department of Energy notes that a well programmed thermostat may 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 remaining 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 adapts to your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is more than likely your best choice. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These normally have four possible temperature periods every day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best if you maintain 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 view 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 greater the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs. If you’re not at that point, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system working 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, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 715-356-7000.