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Don't wait! Here are 10 things to think about NOW to deal with winter heating bills.


Ok, so technically it is still summer.  But it really is a good time to start thinking about ways you can reduce your home heating bills for the coming winter.  Here are our ten quick things you can do to get prepared for the cold weather ahead.

1 You're not the only one to get cold, your water heater could use a jacket, too.

Relatively inexpensive and easy to install, wrapping your hot water heater in an insulating jacket can prevent heat loss and save money.

2 Always check those furnace filters..

Clean or replace filters on forced-air furnaces at least every three months.  Clean filters allow more warm air to move through your home and ultimately require the furnace to run less.

3 Let the sunshine in.

Now that you have kept your blinds and curtains closed all summer long to keep the house cool, it's time to open them back up so the light from the sun can help heat rooms that receive direct sunlight.

4 Beat the rush, get your furnace tuned up now.

Don't wait until the last minute, or when the cold weather finally shows up to schedule an annual tune-up for your boiler, furnace or heat pump. Ensuring that your heating equipment is operating at peak efficiency will save money and give you piece of mind.

5. Lower the temperature, even if it's just a little.

Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to set a lower the temperature when you are away from the home or at nighttime, helping you save on energy costs. There is really no reason to heat a house all day if no one is in it.  Lowering the temperature just a couple of degrees can make a big difference.  Besides, that's why they make sweaters.

6 Get some moisture into the air.

Either a portable humidifier or one installed on your furnace will put more moisture in the air. This can help you feel comfortable even though your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.  Makes it easier to breathe as well.

7 Empty rooms, shut the vents.

By closing the heating vents or ducts in rooms that you don't regularly use, or are empty, helps maximize the heat in those rooms which you do use.

8. Stop heating the outdoors, keep the heat in.

Making sure doors and windows (and wall outlets) are sealed helps keep the heat in and cold out.

9 Clear the junk out of the way.

Make sure all of your heating vents, cold-air returns and baseboards don't have anything infront of them to disrupt the flow of air.  This allows for maximum air output and input from from your furnace or heaters.

10 Consider having an energy audit performed.

Licensed energy auditors are readily available these days and having one come into your home to help assess the efficiency of your current heating system, insulation and general efficiency of your home, can pay for itself in the long run. These audits will show you how and where your home loses energy and recommend steps to increase your homes heating efficiency. And that lowers your monthly bills as well as increases your home's re-sale value.

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