Now that fall is fast approaching many of us are worried about what natural gas and electricity prices are going to do this winter. Will we even be able to afford to heat our homes… and still eat, It’ s no laughing matter and if you’re concerned and want to learn how to cut energy bills, read on.

The good news is that you really have a lot of options. There are many things you can do that will help you keep your utility costs under control. Some of these options are bigger and will generate more savings than the others, but using one, or all, of them can help cut your bills significantly.

Many of these things can be started today for little or no money. So check out the list and take control of your utility costs:

1. If you can afford it, have your furnace unit checked out by a professional. If it’s in top condition it will run better and won’t use as much electricity.

If you can”t afford to have someone come in you can at least clean or replace your furnace filters. Do this as often as recommended by the manufacturer. This is an inexpensive way to help your furnace run more efficiently and save you money.

2. If you have the money, replace old, drafty windows. You could be eligible for a tax credit if you do this. If you can’t afford that right now at least invest in some window kits that will help block out drafts, some insulated curtains or blinds, and some caulk. These inexpensive fixes can go a long way to making your windows more energy efficient.

3. Add some insulation to your home. If you can’t afford that try to at least plug up areas around doors, windows, and utility openings in your walls by using expanding foam. This foam is about $6 a can and can help make your home less drafty which will not only make it more comfortable, it will also help you cut energy bills.

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