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Weatherproof your home to control heating costs

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With temperatures hovering around zero, heat bills may go up during this time of year.

But there are ways that you can weather-proof your home.

Holly Gerlack is in the middle of her first winter at her first house in Rensselaer County. Once the cold kicked in, she had to turn her thermostat up about ten degrees.

"Usually I keep it around 65-70 and now its up between 75 and 80," she said.

And that's not the only thing that went up. A warmer home has a price, and that was reflected in last month's bill.

"It was nearly double what I paid the month before."

That spike may be because heat is escaping her home.

Brian Mitchell, Asst. Floor Mgr. atTruValue, said, "I have had an electrical outlet in my home and if you put your hand up to the outlet you can feel the cold air coming."

But Mitchell says there are covers for each of those areas, that can insulate the heat.

Mitchell says in some cases it can get out under the door, but that depends on where the door is. But there's an insulator for that too. All you have to do is slide it underneath.

"If you open the door it just slides right your way and doesn't get in your way," he said.

It may cost a little, but Mitchell says that one-time expense may be worth it compared to bigger bills every month.

National Grid says you can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs by insulating your home. They have a list of ways to do that online. The link is on our website.

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