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Cold snap has people in Dubuque working to weatherize homes

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Low temperatures ahead mean Green Iowa AmeriCorps has been busy weatherizing houses in the Dubuque area.

They first conduct safety checks and energy audits.  During those energy audits, they find the leaky spots in your house that let drafts in.  Those leaky areas can drive up the cost of your energy bills.

"30 percent of a homes energy use is through heating, so if someone has a house that is really leaky, that is a large amount of energy that they're putting into trying to keep their house warm," said Stephanie Schmidt with Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Dubuque.

They say weatherizations can save you up to 350 dollars annually for up to 25 years down the road.

Green Iowa provides their weatherizations free of charge to low-income households, veterans, disabled and the elderly.  For more information about the services they offer, and what you qualify for, visit http://www.greeniowaamericorps.org/.

But for those who do qualify, Schmidt says it makes a big difference.

"It's a really good feeling to be able to know that you're helping someone feel safer and more comfortable in their homes," she said.

But if you don't qualify for their free services, or don't want to outsource the weatherization of your house, there are plenty of options for you.  All you need to do is visit your local hardware store.

At Ace Hardware in Dubuque, Chuck Kutsch says window kits, which include all the supplies to hang air tight plastic over your windows, have been flying off the shelf.

"They're definitely popular this time of year once that temperature starts to drop, and people notice that draft more than they do when the winter was a little bit milder earlier this year," he said.

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