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Tips to Lower Your Heating Bill This Season

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Tis the season for lower temperatures and that means higher heating bills. If you're looking for ways to cut back on energy costs here are a few tips to help you do it:

  1. Use the sunshine, it's free.
    Pull back the drapes and open the blinds during the day. Sunshine provides natural warmth. At night, close the window coverings to combat drafts and prevent heat from radiating out through the windows.

  2. Replace the furnace air filter.
    A furnace's air filter should be replaced at least every six months. Dusty environments may require more frequent replacement. A clean filter will improve air flow to the entire house.

  3. Check for vent blockage.
    Make sure furniture, rugs and curtains are not obstructing air flow at vents and registers. Also check to be sure the register dampers are open.

  4. Schedule professional air duct cleaning.
    Clean ducts help the air to flow more freely. Air duct cleaning should happen every few years or more frequently if home occupants have allergies.

  5. Replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows.
    A significant amount of heat can escape from even a small crack.

  6. Check attics and other locations for air loss and add insulation as needed.
    Home improvement stores sell several types of insulation. Remember that all attics should be vented to the outside. Be sure not to block the outdoor vents.

  7. Cover windows with clear, plastic film. 
    Window-insulating kits usually cost fewer than 20 dollars at hardware stores and according to heating experts they can have a significant impact on the room temperature.

  8. Inspect ductwork for air leaks and seal with foil duct tape.
    Be sure to use aluminum foil-type duct tape, not the common, gray duct tape, on ductwork.

  9. Keep fireplaces closed if not in use.
    Glass doors and the flue should always be kept closed when the fireplace is not in use.

  10. Lower the thermostat temperature and dress in layers.
    Bundle up in sweaters, pants and socks and you won't need to set the heat as high to feel comfortable in your home.
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