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Tips for saving money this winter

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Tips for saving money this winter
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Cooler temperatures are already settling in, with winter right around the corner. But it's not too late get yourself prepared. YNN's Chris Whalen has some tips to give you a head start on the upcoming season.

BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- A year ago, some called it 'the winter that wasn't,' with a lot more sun than snow.

"Last year, the signals were suggesting a winter that would be warmer than average, with less snow than average, and I'll readily admit, it was way warmer and we had way less snow than we were thinking," YNN meteorologist Michael Gouldrick said.

As the calendar approaches the first day of winter, those 'signals' are indicating a season that we're more used to in this part of the country.

"Keep in mind, though, that compared to last year, it's probably going to feel a whole lot colder considering we were above average," YNN meteorologist Courtney Furtado said.

Temperatures are already dropping, meaning thermostats across the area are likely going up. But before you crank up the heat, make sure your system is fully functional.

"Maintaining your system, either by yourself or professionally, is really important for longevity, efficiency, and to prevent breakdowns," said Bob Auchinachie, owner of Auchinachie Heating and Air.

A faulty system can mean more money spent on utility bills or worse, on repairs or replacement.

You can also maximize efficiency by changing filters in your furnace as well as sealing up cracks in doors and windows.

And starting Saturday, where you park your car could cost you as well. Alternate side parking begins December 1st in Binghamton and if your vehicle is caught on the wrong side of the road, you could end up paying a $35 ticket.

"Most of the people who have lived in the Northeast know to watch for storms coming, and then making sure they do all the prep that they can, which to help the City is basically keeping as many as cars off the street and keeping them on the right side of the street," said Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.

Tips to keep you warm, and your wallets full, when Old Man Winter rears his ugly head. For more information on the winter ahead, head over to YNN On Demand, channel 1010. YNN's team of meteorologists have a complete guide in this year's winter weather outlook.

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