What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Winnipeg?

What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Winnipeg?
 
If you’re looking to save money, a great place to start is right inside your home. Some of the best ways to start saving money don’t require a big investment of money or time. If you haven’t arranged for your furnace service for the year, that’s an ideal place to start. We also have a few additional tips that can help keep your expenses as low as possible.
 
Schedule an Energy Audit
If you contact your local utility provider, they will come do an energy audit of your home. These services are often provided free-of-charge and account for everything that is present on your energy bill, from your heating and cooling system to your kitchen and laundry appliances. A lot of utility companies also have rebates for insulation and other equipment that can increase your home’s efficiency.
 
Smartly Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Thermostats have been improved a lot, and the technology behind them only continues to expand. For example, the iComfort S30 is able to use the GPS In your smartphone to detect when you’re leaving and makes the proper alteration to help you save money and boost efficiency while you’re gone. When you return home, everything goes back to normal and you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s also able to adapt to your routine, so when baseball and football seasons roll around, your thermostat can make the correct adjustment.
 
Not to mention, a well programmed thermostat may reduce your heating costs more than you previously thought. Set your thermostat as low as you can, while ensuring you’re comfortable in the winter and as high as comfortable in the summer. There are several different models to choose from so pick the one that best meets your schedule and needs.
 
If your schedule changes quite a bit, a 7-day model is more than likely your best bet. They give you the flexibility to set different programs for each day. These usually have four possible temperature stages per day.
There are also 5+2 and 5-1-1 models. These models are ideal if you have the same schedule on weekdays and a separate one for weekends.
 
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, it’s a good idea to view all of your options so you can make an informed decision when the time arrives. Look at the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of air conditioners and the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of the furnaces. The higher the ratings, the higher the savings. As always, our furnace and A/C professionals will help you make a well-informed decision that adapts to you and your needs.
 
If you’re not there yet, a simple furnace service and routine maintenance can keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. If you haven’t scheduled your furnace service for the year or are having any sort of questions about your system or choices, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 204-272-8128.
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