What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Augusta? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Augusta? A wonderful 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 first place you’ll want to start on your money saving journey is scheduling your annual furnace service. The team at McCune Heating & Cooling in Augusta has put together a couple tips that will help you lower the cost of heating and cooling your home. Program Your Programmable Thermostat Technology is advancing faster than ever and the technology within your thermostat is no exception. Our iComfort S30 uses the GPS from your smartphone and detects when you have left and adjusts itself to save energy while you are out which can potentially save money. It doesn’t just know when you’ve left, it also recognizes when you will return and learns your routine and adjusts itself accordingly. According to studies done by the Department of Energy, 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 choose the one that will work best with your schedule. If your schedule changes often, a 7-day model is the best choice. 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 think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, research your options so you’re able to make an educated decision when that day arrives. A few 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 opportunity for savings. If you’re in the market for a new system or just hoping to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at McCune Heating & Cooling in Augusta can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 316-733-9123 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.