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Cold air blowing through drafty windows can increase your winter heating costs. Cold air blowing into unheated areas of your home can become very enxpensive plumbing problems. Before winter starts, make sure that you have done your job to ensure your home is ready to face the worst that winter can blow your way.

1. Shut off outside water faucets from your inside valves leaving the outside valve open to drain the faucet.

2. Make sure that you keep your water meter above 40 degree Fahrenheit.

3. Wrap your water meter and the connecting piping with insulation.

4. Caulk windows near pipes and cover those windows with plastic. Replace or cover all broken windows in your home.

5. Wrap and insulate all water pipes in unheated areas, such as inderneath a shed or kitchen floor.

6. In extremely cold weather, let the water trickle to keep your pipes from freezing.

7. If you will be away for the winter, make sure that you have your home winterized by a plumber.