How to Lower Your Heating Bills in Colorado Springs this Winter01/02/2015 The chilly temperatures in winter usually equate to high heating bills. Are there ways to keep your home toasty without inflating your energy cost so much? Yes! Mitchell Heating has some ideas for you to help keep your home comfortable and your heating bills lower. Use these tips to help increase your energy efficiency and help reduce your heating bills this winter: Take advantage of sunny days in Colorado Springs to help heat your home naturally. Pull back the curtains and open the blinds so the sun can give your furnace a little [[help|boost|break]14. Keep the cold air from leaking 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 take control of 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 harder and decrease your energy efficiency. Clean or replace them every three months. Do a quick check of your home. Are any vents or cold air returns covered? Remove anything that’s blocking them for better airflow and efficiency. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, start researching 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. Keep your attic well insulated to keep warm air where you need it. It’s a little-known fact, but 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 full-time job, 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 719-596-6677 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll help you keep your home comfortable all year long, even in the harshest Colorado Springs weather.