How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Madera this Winter01/02/2015While winter seems like it’s already been going on for way too long, its effect 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 help decrease those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. 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 allow sunlight in, helping warm your home naturally. Sealing cracks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Installing a programmable thermostat so that you can more precisely control the temperature in your home, which will also improve energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter regularly. 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. Putting insulation in your attic to keep heat from escaping. Checking your roof to ensure your shingles are intact, and that no holes or areas need sealing. Trying to keep your energy bills to a minimum and energy efficiency at a maximum, is a year-round battle, one that can seem overwhelming at times. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a few small steps 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 decrease your heating bills, give us a jingle at 559-675-1681. Our experts are here to help make sure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Madera weather.