It's that time of year: Temperatures drop and energy bills skyrocket. And while we've got our eyes peeled for deals on our holiday shopping lists, there are some things we can do to save big at home as well.

Take a look at the video above for tips on how an easy energy assessment can help you cut costs this winter.

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  • Boston, Massachusetts

    In 1978 the city had over 30 inches of snow, making it one of the worst weather events of the 20th century, according to the Farmer's Almanac. In January 2013, 2.5 inches of precipitation is predicted, along with an average temperature of 35 degrees.

  • Chicago, Illinois

    Not just the "windy city" but also a very cold city. In January 1918, Chicago was filled with snow that lasted 22 days and 42.5 inches, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

  • Indianapolis, Indiana

    It's going to be colder than normal all around the city this winter. January 6th to the 9th will be graced with a snowstorm and then flurries.

  • Columbus, Ohio

    This winter will be colder with an average temperature of 34 degrees. Residents can also expect a drier than normal atmosphere.

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    You can find below freezing temperatures on any given winter day, though through January the city will be an average 30 degrees.

  • Detroit, Michigan

    In the next few weeks the city will see snow and t-storms. Snow will be down 0.5 inches from average in the East, while it'll be up one inch in the west.

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

    It's consistently one of the coldest of all cities. With the average temperature expected to 20 degrees in January.

  • Cleveland, Ohio

    Due to Lake Erie, this city gets a lot of snow and cold temperatures. The coldest times will be from late December through early January -- so bundle up!

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