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    Posted February 16, 2014 by
    Louisville, Kentucky
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather 2014

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    Energy Bills and cost to individuals and governments from the winter storms and the winter wonderland

    Winter looks beautiful in pictures and when viewed from inside of a well heated home. But there is a harsh reality of unexpected electricity and heating bills that are about to come to your doorsteps. Many who have not saved for rainy and snowy days or live from hand to mouth are going to be faced with the aftermath of the winter storm and unusually low temperatures for an extended period of time . Our bill doubled in January from the previous billing period. It may triple for the next one. I noticed during a cold night that there was cold air gushing through the front door passed the storm door from the bottom and the sides. There kind of leaks in homes across the regions experiencing winter storms could jack up heating bills by 25-30%. People need to be aware of that and those with big homes, leaks can result in larger bills. Shown in the image as to how I improvised to seal the door every night during the winter. I closed the gap underneath the door by covering with the door mat and a bag and then I folded sheets of paper to insert in the gaps between the sides of the door. the door seems to contract in the winter leaving multiple gaps. Of course this being a 22 year old house needs winterizing which would have sealed all the leaks around the house. Besides the increased cost of heating bills, several people have had car accidents or have slipped and fallen on ice, resulting in increased medical costs and lost wages. Then there is the cost to municipalities, state governments and federal government to deal with purchasing record amounts of salts and snow moving equipment and lost wages. I bet the multiple winter storms have been costly. overall. Possibly in billions.
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