What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Charlottesville? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Charlottesville? A wonderful place to start saving money is right inside your home. The Department of Energy estimates the money spent 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 regular furnace service. The team at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville has put together a couple tips that will help you keep down 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 employs the GPS from your smartphone and identifies when you have left and adjusts itself to conserve energy while you are away which can potentially save money. It not only knows when you’ve left, it also recognizes 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 staying 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, look into 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 for savings. If you’re in the market for a new system or just wanting to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 434-296-0129 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.