(WJLA) - It's an unfortunate double whammy: colder weather and higher prices for natural gas, electricity, and propane.
You've probably noticed that your heating bill is much higher these days. On ABC7 reporter Natasha Barrett's Facebook page, viewers quoted expensive heating bills this month - for instance, a whopping $183 for a two-bedroom apartment.
Meanwhile, many others lost heat completely during the winter storm, and had to endure freezing temperatures indoors.
If you're suffering from the first scenario, here are some ways you can lower your heating bill at your house:
-Replace worn stripping around doors and windows. -Check attic for air loss -Inspect ductwork for air leaks -Keep fireplaces closed if not in use
Edwin Aparicio of Michaels & Sons says that many should be replacing the filters on their equipment, but don't do so nearly enough.
Additional advice includes using sunshine to warm your house by opening up your curtains during the day. Finally, be sure to check for vent blockage.