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As the cold weather approaches you may need to start preparing your home for the winter months.

We asked an expert at Lowe's who says there are several things you can do inside and outside your home to get ready.

To save some money on your heating bills, you can insulate your windows and doors to keep cold air from coming in and your pipes to keep them from freezing.

Outside you'll want to do some clean up work like clearing limbs and leaves to prevent damage to your property.

"These are jobs that you can do on your own, you don't have to hire anybody to do these small jobs it doesn't take a whole lot to put a little weather stripping around the door or put some caulk around the window or just put some insulation around a pipe," said Lowe's Sales Coordinator Kim Blankenship.

One thing you want to do outside before the winter comes is clean out your gutters of leaves and debris and fill them with a filter before the rest of the leaves and the snow comes down.

And it's never too early to stock up on things you might need in a weather emergency like a generator or batteries for your flashlights.

If you're not sure what to do with your home specifically, most hardware stores in the area have representatives that are happy to help.

"If they don't know what they need we try our hardest to get what they need and explain to them things they can do to take preventative measures as the weather starts to get cold," said Blankenship.

And of course you don't want to forget about your furry friends as the weather gets chilly. Be sure to let them inside in harsh conditions or get them a house of their own.

Stores like Lowe's Hardware have employee's that can install generators to your home and they will even install windows, roofs, and gutters if necessary.