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Manitoba cold spell leads to a spike in hydro bills

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 4:31 PM -

Manitoba's frigid winter is hitting residents right in the pocketbook.

A recent article published by Global News suggests that some homeowners have been paying upwards of $700 in hydro bills as freezing temperatures settle into the nation.

For now, residents have their hands tied, with cold weather set to linger for a little while longer: Double-digit highs and bitterly cold wind chills are forecast through the remainder of the week.

When temperatures plummeted to -35°C last month, residents used a record-breaking 4,719 megawatts of electricity in one day, according to Global News.

WEATHER UPDATES: Get the current forecast in Winnipeg, Manitoba

In the meantime, homeowners can save on hydro bills by draft-proofing their home. This includes:

  • Using caulking to insulate the base of windows and door frames. 
  • Shrink wrapping windows with plastic film or bubble wrap.
  • Weather stripping doors windows.

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