With freezing temps, how to keep pets, plants warmer

It's a good idea to keep cold water dripping on nights that temps get into the lower 20's / File

Come the cooler temperatures, you may be thinking of getting out those Christmas wreaths and lights, but there are some other precautions you should be thinking about. Lows are getting into the 20's and many say it's a good idea to leave your faucets dripping.

"You really don't have to do it if it's going to be 32, but if it's going to be really low temps, you really need to leave a faucet dripping," says Lori Farkas of Water, Gas and Light.

But how much does it affect your water bill?

"You know, the first 3,000 gallons of water only costs $9.71, so leaving a little drip is really not going to affect your bill."

Leave cold water dripping, since warm water uses electricity....and when it comes to pets, the best way to keep our furry friends warm is to keep them inside.

"For those that cannot stay inside, a good warm house, you don't want to put a heating element in there because you can burn one, but a nice, soft bed and make sure the door is positioned away from the wind," says Veterinarian Lois Hunkele with Westover Animal Hospital.

And those sweaters you see in shops aren't just for fashion, they're also a great idea for keeping your dogs, cats, big or small, warm this winter.

"For any type of indoor pet, and especially for older pets because they can't warm themselves as efficiently."

When it comes to plants, unless it's a hard freeze, like nearer to the low 20's, you should only worry about your smaller house plants and vegetables. Either bring them inside or cover them with a blanket.

"Don't use plastic unless you're gonna take it off the next morning, if you're gonna pull it off the next morning, you can do that, but a blanket would be better insulation," says Greg Daniel, owner of ABC Plant Nursery.

And we may not have to worry about the cold for very long, it's projected to be a mild winter!