Save money on energy bills by getting your home winter-ready

**Save money on energy bills by getting your home winter-ready**



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Heating a home in the below freezing temperatures expected later this week can get expensive, but there are ways to save on energy costs.
ASHLEY: IT MAY ONLY BE MID-OCTOBER, BUT A WINTER CHILL IS HEADING OUR WAY. 22NEWS REPORTER TAYLOR KNIGHT IS WORKING FOR YOU WITH WAYS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR THE COLDER WINTER MONTHS AHEAD. HEATING A HOME IN THE BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES EXPECTED LATER THIS WEEK CAN GET EXPENSIVE, BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO SAVE ON ENERGY COSTS. MATTHEW ROBIDOUX OF ROCKY'S ACE HARDWARE IN AGAWAM TOLD 22NEWS THAT HOMEOWNERS SHOULD COVER UP WINDOW AIR CONDITIONING UNITS, AND SEAL WINDOWS TO PREVENT DRAFTS FROM ENTERING THE HOUSE. MATT ROBIDOUX "WALK AROUND YOUR WINDOWS. SEE AND FEEL. PUT A PIECE OF PAPER UP AGAINST IT. IF ANYTHING BLOWS, OR STARTS WAVING, YOU GOT A DRAFT." TAYLOR KNIGHT "EXPERTS ALSO SUGGEST THAT HOMEOWNERS SHOULD KEEP CURTAINS AND BLINDS OPEN DURING THE DAY TO LET SUNLIGHT IN. AND, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS WHEN LEAVING HOME." DIRECT ENERGY ALSO SAID HOMEOWNERS COULD SAVE ABOUT 10 PERCENT ON ENERGY COSTS BY TURNING THEIR THERMOSTATS DOWN A FEW DEGREES. CHRIS LONGO, AGAWAM "DURING THE DAY WE TURN IT DOWN, AND AT NIGHT WE TURN IT DOWN MORE. DURING THE EVENING HOURS WE TURN IT UP A LITTLE BIT." FREE HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENTS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH MASS SAVE. DURING THE ASSESSMENT, AN ENERGY SPECIALIST WILL LOOK AT YOUR HOME, AND HELP DEVELOP A PLAN TO MAKE IT MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT. MORE INFORMATION ON THAT PROGRAM CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE WWLP.COM. IN AGAWAM TK 22NEWS.

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