How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Ridgedale and the Branson area this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been around for far too long, its impact 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 possibly lower those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. To begin reducing your heating bills and increasing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours 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. Adding a programmable thermostat so that you can more precisely control the temperature in your home, which will also enhance energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every three 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 furnace has been around for more than 15 years. Adding insulation to your attic to keep heat 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 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 some of the smaller 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 lower your heating bills, give us a buzz at 417-544-4430. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Ridgedale and the Branson area weather.