What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Des Moines?

March 04, 2016
What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Des Moines?
 
If you’re trying to save money, a great place to start is right inside your home. 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 the perfect 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 get a hold of your local utility provider, they will come conduct an energy audit of your home. These services are usually provided free-of-charge and include everything that is popping up on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. Most utility companies also offer rebates for insulation and other things 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 utilize the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re not home. When you return home, everything returns to normal and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. It’s also able to adjust to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons start again, your thermostat can make the proper adjustment.
 
Not to mention, a well programmed thermostat could decrease your heating costs more than you previously thought. 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 choose from so pick the one that best adapts to your schedule and needs.
 
If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is likely your best choice. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These typically have four possible temperature periods every day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are best 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 ought 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 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 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 running 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, arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 515-344-3579.