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Tips to keep your heating costs down

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As temperatures fall, local experts say now is the time to winterize your home, so winter heating bills don't rack up. And they offered four tips anyone can follow to make their home more energy-efficient.

"When it gets cold outside, that's when the rush is on. Procrastinators that could have taken care of it during the last couple of months are now realizing that their heating bills are going to go up, it's time to do some insulation," said Lanny Tippetts, Home Depot Pro Account Sales Associate

The first tip is to check your attic insulation. 

"Insulation, attic insulation, is probably the biggest culprit for losing heat out of your roof because heat rises," he said. 

The second tip to hinder your heating costs, make sure your windows are sealed tightly. This could include caulking or adding extra window insulation.

"There are a couple of companies that make window films that will stick on the inside of the walls, you can still see out throughout the winter, just temporary kind of fixes," Tippetts said.

The third tip is to stop drafts from coming in through cracks in the doors, especially with older homes. A simple solution is adding weather stripping or door slides.

"It's not a real tough product to use, you just open your door, it has fabric with foam on both sides, and you just slide this underneath the door and when you close your door, it's going to seal it from the outside and the inside,' he said. 

The fourth and possibly most unexpected tip is to cover your air conditioner if it is a wall or window unit.

"You have open draft there, always, so you put a cover over the outside of the air conditioner, and that way your drafts are stopped from coming inside the house," Tippetts said.

All four of these tips have one goal: keeping your heat inside this winter.

"If you're pushing the hot air outside, you're heating up the outside. And the environment doesn't need to be heated up during the winter."

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