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How to Lower Your Heating Bills While Staying Warm

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The weather is getting chilly and your heating system is working harder just to make sure that you and your family stay warm and comfortable, and the cozy heat that your furnace provides is perfect. That is until you get your energy bill.
Whether you use natural gas electric, heating your home in the winter can get expensive. However, it doesn't have to stay that way.
There are plenty of ways to reduce your winter heating bill, without freezing. Your heating system is a vital part of your home, and without it, those cold winter nights might be unbearable. What can you do to drop the total cost of your heating bills? Take a look at these three tips and use them to save money on your heating bills.

1. Thermostat Control

By lowering temperature between 8 and 10 degrees for eight hours out of a 24-hour period you can save 10 percent a year on your energy costs, according to the Department of Energy.
Keep in mind, the starting number that you're dialing down from is whatever you normally set your thermostat too. If you like it warmer, you'll still save money by turning it down. However, you won't see bills that are as low as someone whose starting temperature is lower.
If you're worried about a 10-degree drop in temperature, you don't have to be, instead of lowering the temperature when you're home, turn it down when you're at work or school. If you absolutely aren't leaving the house, wait until the nighttime when you're asleep.
You can also get a programmable thermostat that will remember to turn down the temperature, even if you don't.

2. Invest in Energy Efficiency

The older your furnace is, the less energy efficient it is. Furnaces usually last at least 15 years and an older one may still work well (a furnace or boiler can last for two to three decades), but it won't necessarily heat your home at the lowest price possible.
Older furnaces weren't built with the same energy-efficient technology as today's models. Along with that, worn parts and debris buildup can force your furnace to work harder than it has to. This adds to the overall cost of your energy bill.
New furnaces can save you money, especially if they're ENERGY STAR certified. In some parts of the U.S., gas furnaces with the ENERGY STAR logo are 12 percent more efficient than the standard version. This can save you roughly $36 a year in energy costs.
If you prefer an oil-burning furnace, certified models are roughly 4 percent more efficient. This can save homeowners up to $66 annually. Even if this doesn't seem like a lot, you'll notice a drop in your energy bill. Combined with other energy-saving measures, this can be significant.

3. Insulate Well

Don't let drafts raise your energy bill. If you have older windows, you should consider replacing them, however, this can get expensive.

If you can’t afford to buy and install the new multi-pane energy-efficient windows, try plastic sheeting. Window insulation kits may not look pretty, but they can help increase the energy efficiency of your home. In addition, you can close the curtains over them, adding an extra layer of protection.

Other ways to stop the cold air from getting into your home include caulking around window frames and door frames, lowering entry door thresholds by using a physical barrier to stop the draft and insulating non-heated spaces such as the basement.

Do you need a new furnace to make your home more energy efficient? The experts at Capital Service Company Inc. can help, check out our website or contact our friendly team today.