What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Bakersfield? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Bakersfield? If you’re looking to save money, a great place to begin 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 large investment of money or time. If you haven’t set up your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have a couple additional tips that can help keep your expenses as low as possible. Schedule an Energy Audit If you contact your local utility provider, they will come do an energy audit of your home. These services are often 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 offer rebates for insulation and other equipment 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 change. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to employ the GPS In your smartphone to figure out when you’re leaving and makes the proper adjustment to help you save money and increase efficiency while you’re away. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons kick off, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment. The Department of Energy notes 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 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 a lot, a 7-day model is likely your best bet. They offer you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature stages per day. There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are perfect if you keep the same schedule on weekdays and a separate one for weekends. Selecting and Maintaining Your System If you think you’re close to 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. 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 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 options, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 661-437-3499.