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Tips for saving energy during the winter

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As the cold temperatures drop as low as the teens, you might be turning up the heat in your home. But as we all know, turning up that heat could increase your heating bill.

Chris Stacy is the general manager at the Menards in Dubuque. He says there are a number of things homeowners can do to help keep that heat bill low during the winter months.

Stacy recommends owners seal off all leaks around windows and doors. He says those "cool spots" can be found by simply feeling cold air around you.

"You may have to pull off your framing, your inside trim pieces and just kind of take a look and see if there is a small gap that you can maybe fill or if it is using a window film to kind of go over it for the time being," Stacy said.

You can also check to see if your home is losing any heat by having someone go outside at night and shine a flashlight at and around doors. The flashlight will allow you to see if there are any cracks or openings.

Stacy says he also recommends sealing off windows with a window film that will prevent cold air from coming inside. He also says homeowners can purchase weather stripping that can be placed around doors and windows to help prevent that cold air from coming inside.

Here are some more tips to help your home become more energy efficient:

- Don't leave your furniture blocking any heating vents.

- Use the sun to your advantage. During the day keep your blinds and drapes open to take advantage of the earth's free heat.

- When it's dark out pull blinds and drapes down by pulling down blinds and drapes you will create an added layer of insulation to help prevent heat loss.

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