How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Great Falls this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been around for way too long, its impact on our heating bill is only beginning. Keeping energy costs low during the coldest months of the year can be tough, 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 soaring heating bills at bay. To start controlling your heating bills and enhancing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open throughout 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. Adding a programmable thermostat so that you can more easily control the temperature in your home, which will also increase energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every few months. Making sure your home’s heating vents are open and aren’t blocked by any obstructions Replacing your old furnace with a newer, more efficient model if your current furnace is more than 15 years old. Putting insulation in your attic to keep heat from escaping. Checking your roof to confirm 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 practice, 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 decrease your heating bills, give us a buzz at 406-761-7283. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Great Falls weather.