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How to Keep the Winter Weather from Taking a Bite Out of Your Wallet

ROCKFORD -- The bitter winds and sub zero temperatures left some stateline homes without power, Monday. But If there's one type of damage likely no one will escape, it's what the cold weather is doing to our wallets.
ROCKFORD -- The bitter winds and sub zero temperatures left some stateline homes without power, Monday. But If there's one type of damage likely no one will escape, it's what the cold weather is doing to our wallets.

You know it's cold when your car cranks, and hot water thrown into the air immediately crystalizes. But not everything the wind and snow do can be seen.
 
"Especially with this cold weather your furnace kicks on a lot more often so you use a lot more energy," said Luke Barows, a sales associate with Home Depot.

And that means bone-chilling utlity bills. But it doesn't have to be that way.

"You can put this on the windows and tack it down or tape it down to keep the wind from blowing into the house," said Barows.

Barows swears by energy saving products, from pipe protectors to warmers of all kinds.

"This will save you money in the long run because if you bust a water pipe or if you get frozen pipes in the house and you get water all over the house, it's gonna cost you a lot of money for repairs," said Barows.

ComEd also suggests keeping your thermostat set at 68 degrees, turning your ceiling fan on low so that the warm air that's risen can be redistributed, and inspect the weather stripping around doors and windows.

That last one is what brought in shopper Darrell Borghi.

"Today I bought some weather stripping because the cold air was pouring in between my double doors and front door, there was ice on the hardware," said Borghi. "'ll notice a difference right away I'm sure."

Once you've stocked up on supplies to keep your home, and yourself warm, there's not much else you can do except brace yourself and maybe give a hint to Mother Nature.

"I wish it would leave as quickly as it came," said Borghi.





 


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