What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Baltimore? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Baltimore? 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 need 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 some additional tips that can help keep your costs as low as possible. Schedule an Energy Audit If you reach out to your local utility provider, they will come do an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is popping up on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Many utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other items that can increase 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 use the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about a thing. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment. The Department of Energy states that a well programmed thermostat can 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 remaining comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several different models to decide from so pick the one that best fits your schedule and needs. If your schedule changes a lot, a 7-day model is more than likely your best choice. They provide 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 maintain 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 should be replaced, it’s a good idea to research all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time comes. 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 pros will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to 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, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 410-355-6010.