How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Charlottesville this Winter01/02/2015 The chilly temperatures in winter usually manifest as high heating bills. Are there ways to keep your home toasty without raising your energy cost so much? Yes! Beck Cohen has some ideas for you to help keep your home comfortable and your heating bills lower. Use these tips to help boost your energy efficiency and lower your heating bills this winter: Make the most of sunny days in Charlottesville to help heat your home naturally. Pull back the curtains and open the blinds and allow the sun to give your furnace a little [[help|boost|break]14. Keep the cold air from sneaking in. Seal your windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. The more you can control the temperature in your home, the more you can manage your energy usage. A programmable thermostat will get the job done and enhance your home’s energy efficiency. Clogged, dirty furnace filters make your furnace work more and reduce your energy efficiency. Clean or replace them every three months. Do a quick inspection of your home. Are any vents or cold air returns blocked? Make sure they’re clear for better airflow and efficiency. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, start shopping for a new energy-efficient model. This could save you the cost of emergency repairs and will help decrease your energy bills for years to come. Heat rises. Don’t let your heat rise so far and escape through the attic. Ensure your attic is well insulated to keep warm air where you need it. Many people don’t realize this, but heat can also escape through your roof. Check it for loose or missing shingles and holes or areas that need to be sealed. It may seem like managing your home’s energy efficiency is a lot of work, but with these tips, it should be a little easier. If you’re looking for more ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, give us a call at 434-296-0129 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll help you keep your home comfortable year-round, even in the harshest Charlottesville weather.