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KIMT News 3 - It's a right of passage for many of us in Iowa and Minnesota, preparing our homes for old man winter.
If you found yourself digging up your winter coat, then you like many people know it's getting cold and while layering up is always an option while you're out, experts have ways to keep your house warm and save money in the process.
At a home in Albert Lea, Terry Stewart with Alliant Energy is conducting an energy audit to determine where someone can improve and therefore save money this fall.
"The big three of saving energy cost is attic insulation, wall insulation and caulking," said Terry Stewart, Energy Efficiency Specialist with Alliant Energy.
While some projects may seem time consuming, there are quicker and cheaper options that can save you the hassle.
"We sell the different window kits here. It all comes with the tape, the plastic, everything that you need besides the scissors. It's easy to put up, you just have to cut it to fit the size of the window that you have. Put the tape on, take a blow dryer to it, it tightens it up nice and clear," said Alecia Hickman, Sales Associate with Menards.
Savings of up to $400 dollars a year can be seen from doing simple tasks around the house that terry says many don't often think about.
"Paying particular attention to what's changed in your house is important. Is there a room that feels cold? It could be as simple as a weather strip on a door that's bad," said Stewart.
Anyway you decide to save on heating this year, just make sure you do.
Whether it's the affordable short-term route or the long-term investment, your home can always be more efficient.
Terry goes on to mention how buying new doesn't always mean being energy efficient.
For most products or appliances, look for the blue Energy Star label as a sign that your product has met the federal standards.
Many Energy Auditors are available in Minnesota and Iowa and can be reached by contacting your local energy provider.
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