The northwest suburbs of Indiana got a nice surprise when they opened their gas bills last winter. The cost of heating their homes was drastically cheaper than what they were accustomed to. NIPSCO, the gas supplier for northern Indiana, said that this was due to the fact that residents received credits to their bills from overcharges in 2009 when gas prices had fallen considerably. Unfortunately, everything is back to normal. Gas prices have stabilized over the past year for this part of the country and as a result, the residents of northwest Indiana will see a 79% increase in their gas bills!
The Good and the Bad
The bad news is that for a typical residential customer, they will see about a $230 increase over last year; the good news is that homeowners will still be paying less that they had been in years prior to the 2009-10 winter season. Unfortunately, many homeowners will still struggle to find the funds to make up this 79% increase. But, with the help of Four Seasons, you can save money on your heating costs this winter.
Saving Money this Winter
Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning has a few tips that can help your home become more energy efficient. The more energy efficient your home is, the more money you save! For starters, you need to have a look at that old furnace. If it is still in pretty good shape, Four Seasons would suggest that you have your yearly maintenance performed. A precision tune-up from Four Seasons is a low cost way of getting your furnace running as efficiently as possible. Our serviceman will expertly navigate your furnace and point out areas where improvement can be made.
Often times, our servicemen will suggest replacing your current thermostat with a programmable unit. You should consider having Four Seasons professionally install a programmable thermostat in your home regardless of the condition of your current thermostat. Programmable thermostats can save you money on your energy bills by reducing the use of the furnace automatically during times of the day when you don’t need as much heat in the home. When the family is sleeping or when everyone is outside of the home are perfect times to reduce the temperature. This reduces energy consumption which in turn reduces your energy bills. When used properly, a programmable thermostat can save you around $100 on your energy costs this winter!
If the furnace is old and broken down, your best bet may be to replace the system all together. Replacing an old inefficient unit with a new high efficiency unit can save you about 40% or more on your energy bills. If you act now, you can also take advantage of the tax rebates that the government has to offer. You could get up to a $1,500 rebate come tax season, when you purchase a qualifying furnace or air conditioner before January 1st, 2011. Four Seasons offers several Lennox Home Comfort Systems that meet the requirements for the tax credit, and when you have the unit professionally installed by Four Seasons, you will experience the full benefits of your new system.
Any one of these improvements will impact your energy bill in a positive way this winter. Let Four Seasons help you save as much money as possible before it’s too late! Call today!
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