How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Locust this Winter01/02/2015While winter seems like it’s already been going on for far too long, its influence on our heating bill is just starting. Achieving low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be tough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to possibly reduce those costs. That’s why we’ve developed a few furnace tips to help stave off high heating bills. To start controlling your heating bills and boosting your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours of the day to allow sunlight in, helping warm your home naturally. Sealing cracks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Adding a programmable thermostat so that you can more easily control the temperature in your home, which will also increase energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every few months. Inspecting your heating vents to make sure they are open and aren’t blocked by any obstructions Replacing your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model if your furnace has been around for more than 15 years. Adding insulation to your attic to keep heat from escaping. Checking your roof to confirm your shingles are intact, and that there aren’t holes or cracks that will need to be sealed. Working to keep your energy bills down and energy efficiency up, is a year-round practice, one that can seem overwhelming at times. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do a few small things to make sure you’re keeping your bills as low as possible. If you have any questions regarding the tips above or questions about how you can lower your heating bills, give us a buzz at 704-485-5506. Our experts are here to help ensure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Locust weather.