How to keep your heat and money from leaking out of your home

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - With the holiday season on us, perhaps you've forgotten the details around your home, like winterizing it.  You may very well get a chilly reminder later this week, when temperatures flirt with the freezing mark.

No worries.  There are a few easy ways to keep your heat and money from leaking out of your home.

FrugalLivingMom.com suggests aside from wearing warmer clothing inside your home, look to your windows and doors.

They advise you to shrink wrap windows and doors to stop drafts.

You can also buy a window insulation kit online or at a home improvement store for less than $20.

Use budget billing to average out the costs of heating and cooling over the year.

SimplifiedSaving.com adds the helpful hint of shutting vents to rooms you don't use.

And use residual heat in the kitchen, meaning when you're finished baking something in the oven, leave the oven door open a few inches and let the heat escape into the room.

Change your filter can also help you save money.

Most experts agree you should do it every 60 days or once a month.

You can also subscribe to services that will send you filters year round when you need them.

Check out FilterEasy.com, based out of Raleigh, North Carolina.

You sign up, create a delivery schedule and you'll receive your filters at your home or business that could save you money on energy and HVAC repairs.

OnTimeAirFilters is another option.

Both clubs promise charges that are the same as brick-and-mortar stores and products that extend the life of your heating system while reducing your carbon footprint.

Huntsville Utilities offers a survey of heating and cooling equipment.

It costs $50 and offers up to $350 in rebates toward the implementation of recommended measures.

The survey is guaranteed and you will not be billed if not satisfied.

The survey examines attic and floor insulation, air sealing, window replacement, HVAC systems, duct sealing, weather-stripping, door replacement, hot water pipe wrap, and water heaters.

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