How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Augusta this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been around for much too long, its impact on our heating bill is just starting. Maintaining low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to potentially lower those costs. That’s why we’ve come up with a few furnace tips to help stave off high heating bills. To take aim at lowering your heating bills and enhancing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours of the day to bring sunlight in, helping warm your home naturally. Sealing cracks and crevices around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Adding a programmable thermostat so that you can more precisely control the temperature in your home, which will also increase energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter regularly. 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. Installing insulation to your attic to keep heat from escaping. Checking your roof to make sure your shingles are intact, and that no holes or areas need sealing. Trying 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 some of the smaller things to make sure you’re keeping your bills as low as possible. If you have any questions about the tips above or questions about how you can reduce your heating bills, give us a jingle at 706-722-5304. Our experts are here to help ensure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Augusta weather.