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Cost saving measures to keep your home and car ready for the drop in temperatures.

As temperatures drop, the price you pay on your heating bill may rise.  But there are ways to can cut costs and save money by preparing your home for cold weather.

Ron Werner, of True Value Hardware says you can wrap your pipes with heat tape.   But he warns don’t put the tape on plastic pipes or you can melt through them.

When it comes to windows, Warner says, “If you have holes coming from outside in, a gap there, stuff insulation in it.  We have foam expansion you can put in.”

Once the windows are sealed shut, you’ll need to step outside for the next tip.
Werner says, “Make sure all your garden hoses are unhooked from faucets because that will cause a freeze to go back in through and burst your water pipes where there’s copper.”

Finally, care for your furnace.

Werner says, “Make sure you get a clean furnace filter in there because your furnace is running more often with the cold temperatures. So if it’s clogged, dirty, your furnace won’t run efficiently and then a real situation.”

Now, to make sure your car’s ready for the cold.  Chad Fadely, of Fadely’s Auto Masters, says, “A tow bill today’s probably $60 to $70 and if you have a battery that needs to be replaced, it ought to be checked and it could save you money and aggravation and you don’t want to be stranded in the snow.”

When it comes to batteries, the more cold cranking amps the better.  But even a strong battery won’t start a car with diluted coolant in the engine.

Fadely says, “You can check your coolant with a hydrometer and if it has too much water in it with temperatures tomorrow, your engine could freeze.”

Fadely says anti-freeze will keep the system cool.  Next, a part on your car that may be neglected but so important for your safety.

Fadely says, “How do you clean your windshield off?  People don’t get out, they hit their windshield washers and take alcohol to clean it off. So windshield wipers are scraping the windshield, this is quick and easy to replace.”

Then, experts say don’t drive with bad tires.  Fadely says, “The tread on the tire, it actually dissipates the water, so you’re not hydroplaning.”


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