How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Erie this Winter01/02/2015 The chilly temperatures in winter usually equate to high heating bills. Can you find ways to keep your home warm without raising your energy cost so much? Yes! Patterson & Stirling Inc has some tips for you to help keep your home comfortable and your heating bills lower. Use these tips to help increase your energy efficiency and trim down your heating bills this winter: Take advantage of sunny days in Erie to help heat your home naturally. Pull back the curtains and open the blinds to let the sun 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 control your energy usage. A programmable thermostat will get the job done and help improve your home’s energy efficiency. Clogged, dirty furnace filters make your furnace work overtime and lower your energy efficiency. Clean or replace them every three months. Do a quick examination of your home. Are any vents or cold air returns blocked? Clear the way for better airflow and efficiency. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, start looking 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. Did you know heat can 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 814-833-5558 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll help you keep your home comfortable throughout the year, even in the harshest Erie weather.