What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Portland?
The best place to start saving money is right inside your home. The Department of Energy estimates the cost of heating and cooling your home to make up 48% of your utility bill. You’ll be glad to hear that saving money on your energy bills doesn’t require a lot of time or money. The initial step on your money saving journey is scheduling your regular furnace service. The team at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland has put together a few tips that will assist you in keeping down the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Technology is progressing faster than ever and the technology found in your thermostat is no exception. Our iComfort S30 utilizes the GPS from your smartphone and detects when you have left and adjusts itself to not waste energy while you are out which can potentially save money. It doesn’t just know when you’ve left, it also detects when you will return and learns your routine and adjusts itself accordingly.
Studies done by the Department of Energy have concluded that having a well programmed, or smart thermostat, can save you on cooling costs. While still remaining comfortable, set the thermostat as low as you can during the winter months and as high as you can during the summer. It’s easier for your body to make those adjustments if you change the temperature a degree a day. We offer several different thermostat options and we can help you pick out the one that will work best with your schedule.
The best choice for an ever-changing schedule is a 7-day model. The 7-day model allows you to set different temperature periods on the weekends and keep a regular schedule on weekdays.
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you feel you’re nearing the time where your system will need to be replaced, explore your options so you’re able to make an informed decision when that day arrives. A couple of things you’ll want to look into are the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of air conditioners and the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of furnaces. The higher the rating, the greater the chance to save money.
If it’s time for a new system or just hoping to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 503-213-4433.