It is no secret that inflation has hit our economy. With prices raising so quickly it may have thoughts in many minds on how you are going to afford your energy bills this winter season. Although, I can not help you with the bitterly cold weather, I can give you ideas on how to keep that heat inside and the cold, out.
#1. The first thing that you can do that will go a long way in lowering your energy bill is to schedule a tune up of your heating system. There are several wonderful, local, companies that can come into your home and make sure that everything is running top notch. They can also change out your filters if you have not yet done so.
#2. Turn down that thermostat! Lowering your thermostat at night or when you are away from home can help to lower that monthly heating bill. With todays technology you can even install a digital thermostat that will control that temperature for you.
#3. Check your weatherstripping. After a few years weatherstripping can become brittle and crack or even break apart. It is always a good idea to check out all of your weatherstripping before the cold months start. Weatherstripping can be found around your doors and windows and can be easily replaced with new weatherstripping found at any of your local hardware stores.
#4. Changing out all of your incandescent lights will be a big cost up front but it will pay off over time. Replace those bulbs with LED lights to help cut down the cost of those energy bills.
#5. Clear your Vents. One way to make sure that your home is being heated efficiently is to make sure that your furniture is not blocking any of your heating vents. If your vents are blocked than it may be time to do a little furniture re-arranging.
#6. Take advantage of the natural light. We are blessed in our little valley with sunshine even on those bitterly cold days. By opening up those window blinds and allowing that natural light to come in, you will be heating your home in the most cost efficient way possible! So open those shades and utilize mother natures natural heat!
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