What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Scottsboro? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Scottsboro? A wonderful place to start saving money is right inside your home. The Department of Energy estimates the price of heating and cooling your home to make up 48% of your utility bill. You’ll be happy to know that saving money on your energy bills doesn’t require a lot of time or money. The first step on your money saving journey is scheduling your annual furnace service. The team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro 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 inside your thermostat is no exception. Our iComfort S30 uses the GPS from your smartphone and identifies when you have left and adjusts itself to conserve energy while you aren’t home 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. 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 not as difficult 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. This thermostat option 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 a knowledgable 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 opportunity for savings. If it’s time for a new system or just wanting to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 256-574-1300 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.