How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Abilene 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 beginning. Achieving 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 possibly lower those costs. That’s why we’ve developed a few furnace tips to help stave off high heating bills. To begin reducing your heating bills and increasing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open during the warmest parts of the day to let sunlight in, warming your home naturally. Sealing cracks and crevices around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Installing a programmable thermostat so that you can better control the temperature in your home, which will also enhance energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every few months. Checking your home's heating vents to ensure they are open and aren’t blocked by any obstructions Replacing your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model if your current furnace is more than 15 years old. Adding insulation to your attic to keep heat from escaping. Checking your roof to ensure your shingles are intact, and that there aren’t holes or cracks that will need to be sealed. Trying to keep your energy bills to a minimum and energy efficiency at a maximum, is a year-round effort, 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 related to the tips above or questions about how you can reduce your heating bills, give us a jingle at 325-692-5850. Our experts are here to help ensure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Abilene weather.