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A Few Winter Tips to Keep Your Home Warm and Your Bills Low

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WinterMain-01It’s the season where cold and snowy days are more common than not. When you come home you want to walk into a warm, cozy area to get out of the chilly weather without paying a lot in utility costs. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your energy bills down while keeping your home warm.

Check the furnace filter

Filters should be changed out every month to keep your furnace running smoothly. Doing this will increase airflow, up your heaters performance, and improve the air quality in your home.

Get a programmable thermostat

Having a programmable thermostat allows you to lower the temperature of your home while you’re away or asleep. Doing this will help cut costs on your energy bill since your home won’t be heating all day.

Close the fireplace damper

This is a place that is often forgotten when it comes to sealing up drafts. Be sure to close the damper so cool air does not come in through the chimney.

Check doors and windows for air leaks

Even the smallest cracks can cause drafts that will bring the cool air in your home. Use weather stripping and caulk to seal up your doors and windows.

Turn the water heater down

There is no need to keep your water heater at the highest temperature at all times. Turn it down to a warm setting to save on energy costs.