How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Hattiesburg this Winter01/02/2015While the cold season seems like it’s already been going on for much too long, its influence on our heating bill is just starting. 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 help lower those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help keep soaring heating bills at bay. To start controlling your heating bills and boosting your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open during the warmest parts of the day to let sunlight in, heating your home naturally. Sealing leaks 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 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. Putting insulation in your attic to keep warm air 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 battle, 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 about the tips above or questions about how you can decrease your heating bills, give us a jingle at 601-268-3486. Our experts are here to help ensure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Hattiesburg weather.