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LAWTON, Okla._ Frigid temperatures in our area this winter have sent utility bills skyrocketing.

The bone-chilling cold we've been blasted with this season has forced many to turn the thermostat up, but there are small adjustments people can make to keep the cost of heating down.

"It's sticker shock when they open their electric bill," says Tim Hushbeck, community affairs director for Public Service Co. of Oklahoma.  "No matter who it is, they've been seeing it."

He says people will see a big difference in their bill if they turn the heat down just two or three degrees.

"The cooler you can go down to (the better). If you can throw an extra cover on," Hushbeck says you will see a difference at the end of the month.

Insulating your home, especially the attic, can save you big bucks in the long run.

"Adding insulation can save you up to 25 percent on your utility bill," says Daniel Bryant, of C&B Insulation.

Insulating the attic conserves energy and eliminates waste while also helping to trap the heat inside the home. Insulation can save people money in the spring and summer, as well, by keeping the cool air from escaping.

Bryant says there are other safeguards people can do themselves at home.

"You want to insulate around your windows and doors to keep the drafts out," says Bryant.

Attic insulation will cost $400-$700 and takes less than three hours to complete. The upfront cost might be daunting but Bryant assures the savings will be significant and the insulation can last up to 20 years.  

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