What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Asheville? 03/04/2016What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Asheville? The best 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 happy to hear that saving money on your energy bills doesn’t take a lot of time or money. The first step on your money saving journey is scheduling your annual furnace service. The team at 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville has put together a few tips that will help you keep down the cost of heating and cooling your home. Program Your Programmable Thermostat Technology is evolving faster than ever and the technology found in your thermostat is no exception. Our iComfort S30 utilizes the GPS from your smartphone and observes when you have left and adjusts itself to save energy while you are out which can potentially save money. It can not only detect 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 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 not hard 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 find the one that will work best with your schedule. If you have an ever-changing schedule, you’ll want to go with the 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 think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, research 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. Whether you’re ready for a new system or just hoping to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 828-551-2913 or make an appointment with us using our online scheduler.