How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Odessa this Winter01/02/2015While winter seems like it’s already been going on for way too long, its effect on our heating bill is only beginning. Maintaining low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be a challenge, 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 stave off high heating bills. To start controlling your heating bills and boosting your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours of the day to let sunlight in, helping warm 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 more easily 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 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. Trying to keep your energy bills low and energy efficiency high, is a year-round effort, 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 related to the tips above or questions about how you can lower your heating bills, give us a jingle at 432-333-2208. Our experts are here to help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Odessa weather.