No one looks forward to the heating season and the increased bills. Boyle Energy wants to help you control those bills this season. Check out some tips to help you conserve energy this season

Use the sun for free heat

Open the curtains on your windows that face the sun during winter days to bring free heat into your home. Close your window coverings when the sun goes down to keep the heat inside.

Install a Programmable Thermostat 

Installing a programmable thermostat can help reduce your energy bills by adjusting the heating of your house to your precise schedule. Why heat the house when no one is there during the day? By programming the thermostat to your schedule you can save on energy bills by not constantly adjusting the thermostat and heating the house when it does not need to be heated. Even turning the thermostat down at night can help reduce energy costs.

Consider installing a humidifier 

The air inside your home can become very dry. Dry air can actually make you feel colder at normal temperatures, causing you to overheat your home. Experts say, for every degree you heat your house, you add four percent to your energy bill. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature. Low humidity can also cause walls and woodwork to crack. And those annoying static shocks? They can cause irreparable damage to your electronic equipment.

Reduce Heat Loss from the Fireplace

Everyone loves a fire in the winter but did you know that having your damper open is just like having a window wide open in the winter. So unless you have a fire going, close that damper.

Get an Annual Maintenance on your Heating Equipment 

Having your furnace cleaned can help it to run more efficiently. Keeping your furnace and vents properly maintained will reduce energy consumption and help you save. Check your furnace filter monthly, and replace it when it gets dirty. Have your heating system cleaned and checked by a certified licensed professional.