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Icicles hang in front of a hillside ledge near The Dalles. An unusually long and cold winter has provided a sharp lesson for many homeowners on the need to better weathrize their home to keep the winter chill at bay.

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Keeping winter’s cold at bay

Chilled to the bone as you’re sitting by your drafty window at home? Pondering your bare roof when neighboring houses are still covered in snow? Have you recently become aware of the term “ice dam?” The bitterly long and cold winter has provided a sharp lesson for some homeowners about the need to better weatherize their home to keep the winter chill — and eventually the summer heat — at bay and to save on power bills.

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