How to Lower Your Heating Bills in East Hanover this Winter01/02/2015While winter weather seems like it’s already been going on 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 a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to potentially decrease those costs. That’s why we’ve jotted down a few furnace tips to help keep soaring heating bills at bay. To start controlling your heating bills and increasing your energy efficiency this winter, consider: Keeping your blinds open over the warmest hours of the day to let sunlight in, warming your home naturally. Sealing cracks around your home’s windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. Installing 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 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 you’ve had your current furnace for more than 15 years. Installing insulation to your attic to keep the heat trapped inside. Checking your roof to make sure your shingles are intact, and that there aren’t holes or cracks that will need to be sealed. Attempting to keep your energy bills low and energy efficiency high, 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 about the tips above or questions about how you can decrease your heating bills, give us a call at 973-884-0065. Our experts are here to help make sure your home is comfortable all year long, even with the crazy East Hanover weather.