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Temperatures are expected to plummet into the teens by midweek, and the cold blast could put a strain on your pocketbook.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Kristina Hill is encouraging customers to save money by conserving energy.
"Turn down the thermostat when you leave for work," Hill told WBTV. "We also talk a lot about 'energy vampires.' Those are things that use electricity even when they are not running, so one thing to consider is an energy power strip, plugging electronics into the strip and when they are not in use just cut the power strip off."
Duke Energy is also offering heating assistance to customers in need. "We have partnered with 80 different agencies across the Carolinas," Hill said. "In 2013, we donated more than a million dollars to the ‘Share the Warmth' program."
Monday afternoon, WBTV also spoke with plumbing companies about ways to protect your home from the ice-cold temperatures.
Paul Stefano is the General Manager of Benjamin Franklin plumbing in Charlotte. He told WBTV the fluctuating temperatures can pose a serious threat to water lines.
"The warm weather is going to have some expansion, contraction when it gets cold. You know if you bend a paper clip enough it is going to break. The same is true with water heaters and water lines. Mother Nature has a big role in that because the ground is always moving whether we know it or not," Stefano said.
Stefano also told WBTV every homeowner should know exactly where the main water shut-off valve is in their home. Quickly cutting the water supply to your home can save you thousands of dollars in damage if a pipe breaks.