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Here in Montgomery County, we’re several months into winter. Are you already getting tired of seeing

those sky-high heating bills? Even if you turn your thermostat down, you might still find yourself

shivering and paying way too much. But there are a few surprisingly easy steps you can take to reduce

those bills and increase your comfort. Talk about a win-win.

1. Have your furnace checked by a professional. It’s not too late for a furnace tune-up. During our

inspection, we’re not just making sure your furnace doesn’t break down (though of course we

do try to reduce that risk), we’re also making sure it’s running as efficiently as possible. A few

tweaks to your settings or a basic cleaning of parts can result in big savings, so if you haven’t had

a check yet, schedule it today.

2. Cover your windows. No matter how much you caulk those drafts, cold air is still going to sneak

in through the windows. Your best bet is to keep them covered. Consider putting up thermal

curtains. These thick, insulated panels lock your warm air in and the cold air out. They also come

in a variety of designer colors and designs, so you won’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort.

You might even consider keeping the curtains up into the summer months; they’ll reduce your

cooling costs and many are even light-proof, helping the kids sleep while the sun’s still up.

3. Insulate the unlikely places. You’ve probably wrapped some padding around your pipes to keep

them from freezing; maybe you even added a new layer of insulation in your attic. But did you

insulate your water heater? Many new water heaters are already insulated, but some aren’t. If

it’s in a cooler area, like a basement or garage, it will have to work harder to keep your water

hot. Look for water heater insulation kits, and you could see a water heating savings of 4-9%.

Also don’t forget about your electric sockets; these little outlets can let a shocking amount of

cold air into your home. You can find insulating covers for pennies at your hardware store.

4. Winter proof your fireplace. How often do you really light a fire? It always sounds like a good

idea, but then you have to haul wood and get kindling and somehow, all those roaring fires just

never happen. If your fireplace isn’t in use, make sure your damper is closed. If possible, also use

a fireplace screen just to keep those last drafts out.

You’ll be amazed at how much you can save—and how much better your home will feel—just by taking

these small steps. And if you’re still not comfortable in your home, it’s time to call in a professional.

If you have problems with your furnace or still need that heating check, call GAC. We serve Maryland

homeowners to keep them comfortable all year ‘round. We’d love to help you, too.

Category : Energy & Money Saving Tips

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