Stay Warm While Saving Money, Part 1 of 2 Homeowner Tips SuperUser Account Energy CostsHeatingTips Nov 05 2015 Winter should be about enjoying the holiday season, spending time with family and friends, and having a cozy home to return to. Many people dread the winter, however, and associate it with high energy bills. Read on for part one of our two part series on to help reduce your energy costs while still getting the heat you need. Tip 1: Check Your Vents Make sure the vents in all rooms are clear of dust and obstructions. Give vents enough breathing room and move furniture, rugs and decor away from them. This will help you feel the heat flow. Keep all vents open to keep your house balanced, otherwise the heating systems can be stressed and will increase air pressure in the ductwork. Peek into your vents to see if they’re dusty, then brush out any sitting dust. Tip 2: Access Your Windows and Doors Ensure windows and doors are air-seal tight. If you see any leaks or cracks seal them to keep the cold air out and warm air in. Use insulated or black-out window treatments and keep your window treatments closed at night. Consider keeping your south-facing curtains open during the day to take advantage of heat from the sun! Do you have a chimney? Look up for chimney blockages and check to see if your damper is working. Bonus step: check the insulation in your attic and install more if needed. Tip 3: Replace Air and Furnace Filters Monthly Replacing filters is an annoying chore, but dirty filters restrict the airflow through the filter. Having restricted airflow makes your furnace work harder which results in a loss in energy efficiency and poor air quality. Read part 2 for tips 4-6!