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A cool weekend ahead, is your home ready?

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Temperatures could dip below the freezing mark this weekend, a stark reminder that winter is on the way.

Is your home ready to handle the cold weather ahead? If not, it could cost you hundreds of dollars on your utility bill.

Using caulk around your doors and windows is just one example of easy ways that could save you big money. You could also use window screens and film on your windows, which can keep cold air drafts out of your house.

Programmable thermostats cost around $40, but department managers at Home Depot say they can save you around $140 a year in energy costs.

There's also specialty "door draft dodgers" that you can put along the bottom of your doors

"I think that we forget that we could do those little things. Close the doors, make sure that we do the preventive measures. The small things that we could do to keep those bills down," Mike Goodwin, Home Depot Department Manager, said.

You can also make your water heater more efficient by wrapping the tank with an insulating jacket. This blanket helps you save energy by reducing your water heater's recovery time.

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