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Does your energy bill make you shudder?

These energy-efficiency ideas can warm your heart, home

Randy Miller of Westlake Hardware on Missouri Boulevard handles a wide variety of window and door stripping at his store.

Randy Miller of Westlake Hardware on Missouri Boulevard handles a wide variety of window and door stripping at his store. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Freezing temperatures can make winterizing projects difficult, but with some research and advance planning, there are steps to take to make your home more cozy — and keep money in your pocket.

Some improvements can be made by weekend warriors, while others require professional know-how.

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Before taking on a project yourself or hiring a contractor, consider the following recommendation from the U.S. Department of Energy: use a whole-house approach to energy efficiency.

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