How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Excelsior Springs this Winter01/02/2015While winter seems like it’s already been around for much too long, its influence on our heating bill is just beginning. Achieving low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to potentially 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 increasing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open throughout the warmest hours of the day to allow sunlight in, heating your home naturally. Sealing cracks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Purchasing 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. 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 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 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 regarding the tips above or questions about how you can lower your heating bills, give us a jingle at 816-630-2702. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Excelsior Springs weather.