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Winter is on its way, and that means turning the heat up. Unfortunately, heating the home during winter can cost a lot of money for most homeowners.

Being able to keep those costs down can make the budget breathe a bit easier. Luckily, there are a few ways you can lower your heating bill.

Tips For Keeping The Heat Inside

Here are some simple tips you can use to lower your heating bills this winter:

  • Stop air drafts. Air leaks are a major source of heat loss in older homes or homes in disrepair. These leaks most often occur around doors and windows, though they can also happen around vents and exterior pipe extensions.

  • Caulk is an excellent solution to air drafts. Apply this sealant around the edges of door and window frames. To keep air from leaking in around the edges of the door or window itself, weatherstripping is the answer. When the door or window is shut, the weatherstripping helps block air flow.

  • Turn the thermostat down. Of course, when you get chilly, you want to turn it up. But, each degree you turn the heat higher will cost you quite a bit.

  • Keep the thermostat at 68 or below, then grab a sweater to bundle up in. Heated blankets can provide extra warmth without using as much energy as a heating system.

  • Shut off unused parts of your home. You may have a spare bedroom that is only used when guests are around, or an office you work in every now-and-then.

  • Shutting off ventilation to these areas can help save you money in the long run. Close off the vents to that area and close the doors. It will give you less space to heat, making the bills go down.

Upgrades For Year-Long Energy Efficiency

There are certain upgrades you can make to your home that will improve its efficiency, costing less to heat it. Here are a few.

  • Add insulation to your attic and walls. Heat rises and will escape into the attic unless you have enough insulation in place. The same goes for your exterior walls. If you don't already have insulation in your walls, get some. If you don't have enough, get more.

  • Add a programmable thermostat. You can set the thermostat to warm the house when you are up and awake, and then cool it down at night or when no one is home. It will save energy without compromising your comfort level.

  • Add insulated drapes to the windows. Insulated drapes add a barrier to your cold windows. This is especially helpful if you don't have double- or triple-paned windows.

The easiest way to lower your heating bills is to live in a house built for efficiency from the ground up. BLUEHAVEN Homes in Amarillo can help. Check our selection of floorplans.

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*This post has been updated for accuract and freshness.