What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Albuquerque? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Albuquerque? 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 need a big 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 a few 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 usually provided free-of-charge and assess everything that is present on your utility bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most 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 expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use 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 not home. 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 adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the right 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 still staying 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 likely your best bet. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature phases every day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect 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 view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time necessitates. 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 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 ready yet, 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 options, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 505-994-9176.