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As Temperatures Drop, Be Sure Heating Costs Don't Rise

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Insulating water heaters can save fuel costs.
RALEIGH — Fall in the Triangle isn't exactly the "GreatWhite North" but it is getting colder, and it's definitely time to turn onthe heat. But for those who don't want to burn up their wallets, it'sworth investing some time into saving energy.

It's already cold outside, but it is definitely going to get colder.So the best time to start winterizing homes is now. There are severalaffordable things homeowners can do on their own to keep heating costsdown this winter.

Home depot salesmen Marlon Black says covering up all nooks andcrannies is a good idea.

Preparation begins with shopping -- for a few items that will do muchto help with heating costs. A good place to start is with this a windowinsulation kit. Black says it's easy to use and doesn't cost much.

Multi-purpose caulk is also good to use for sealing windows,doors, fireplaces and other openings. Black says a water heater blanket can alsohelp save energy .

In addition, a small investment in attic insulation can help save moneyin the future.

One way to see which parts of your home may be letting out the heat iscalled the tissue test. Hold a piece of tissue in front of doors, windows,vents and electrical outlets.If the tissue flutters, there's a draft that needs to be sealed.

Reporter:Wisdom Martin