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  • energy bills highland ilUse these tips to lower energy bills

    With winter in full swing, some are dreading those winter energy bills that shoot sky-high because of the need to heat homes and businesses. However, this doesn’t have to be the season for spending too much on heating bills. While you won’t want to leave your home or business without the heat, there are some things you can do to limit the damage when it comes to winter heating costs. Consider these tips to reduce the amount of energy you’re using:

    Take control of your thermostat

    The first place to look when it comes to saving on energy bills is the use of your thermostat. Keeping the temperature in the mid-70s might keep everyone warm, but it might leave your wallet a little shorter come springtime. Program your thermostat to turn off when at work and lower it at night to make sure it is not being used when you don’t need it!

    Plug all the gaps

    Sometimes, a house can be cold even with the heater running. Cold air drafts can be created a number of different ways. However, you can stop this by finding where the air is coming in and plugging the gaps. Places air usually enters include the attic, electrical outlets, poorly sealed doors and windows, and many more.

    Let hot air flow freely

    One very easy way to improve the efficiency of your system and cut down on energy bills is to ensure that all heating registers are unimpeded. Over time, rugs and furniture might block vents in the home; causing your system to work harder and at a higher cost to you!

    Get some help from above

    One of the best ways to increase your energy efficiency this season is to use the sun to your advantage. This is the biggest heater you’ll be able to find. Open your blinds and let the UV rays help heat your home and take some pressure off of your system!

    Keep up with routine maintenance

    Lastly, make sure you’re changing your filters frequently and performing other routine maintenance to keep your system in tip-top shape. Additionally, you can call a professional to do this job and be sure you don’t miss anything that could save you some money!