How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Tuscaloosa this Winter01/02/2015While winter seems like it’s already been around for much too long, its influence on our heating bill is only beginning. Keeping energy costs low during the coldest months of the year can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to possibly decrease those costs. That’s why we’ve come up with a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. To begin reducing your heating bills and enhancing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours of the day to let sunlight in, helping warm your home naturally. Sealing leaks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Purchasing 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 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 you’ve had your current furnace for more than 15 years. Installing insulation to your attic to keep warm air from escaping. Checking your roof to ensure your shingles are intact, and that there are no holes or areas that need to be sealed. Trying to keep your energy bills down and energy efficiency up, 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 regarding the tips above or questions about how you can decrease your heating bills, give us a call at 205-758-2703. Our experts are here to help ensure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Tuscaloosa weather.