How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Minocqua this Winter01/02/2015While the cold season seems like it’s already been around for much too long, its impact on our heating bill is just beginning. Maintaining low energy costs during the coldest months of the year can be tough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to potentially decrease those costs. That’s why we’ve come up with a few furnace tips to help keep heating bills from skyrocketing. To start controlling your heating bills and boosting 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 precisely control the temperature in your home, which will also increase energy efficiency. Cleaning or replacing your furnace filter every three 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 you’ve had your current furnace for more than 15 years. Installing insulation to your attic to keep warm air from escaping. Checking your roof to make sure your shingles are intact, and that there aren’t holes or cracks that will need to be sealed. 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 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 reduce your heating bills, give us a buzz at 715-356-7000. Our experts are here to help make sure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy Minocqua weather.