Cold weather cools local businesses

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SAN DIEGO – More frigid temperatures are expected in San Diego and it’s emptying the wallets of residents and small business owners.

When the temperature drops at Green Garden Nursery in Pacific Beach Paul Backus’ customer base freezes, too.

“People do not like to plant when it’s really cold,” Backus said.

The temperature would have to stay below 30 degrees for several nights to cause significant damage at the nursery, but Backus isn’t in the clear.

Green Gardens Nursery relies on inland growers and when a bad frost wipes out their plants he can’t get inventory.

“[Customers] expect [flowers] to be at the nursery and we’re going to be in the same situation that they’re in,” Backus said.

He isn’t the only one getting hit in the wallet. San Diego Gas & Electric has seen an increase in natural gas usage.

If you want to avoid bill shock at the end of the month, there are some simple steps you can take.

  1. Open your blinds during the day to let in heat from the sun and then close them at night.
  2. Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly
  3. Turn down your thermostat

“Turning down your thermostat just three to five degrees can actually help you save up to 30 percent on your bill,” SDG&E spokeswoman Gina Jacobs said.

Electric heaters are a good way to stay warm, but be careful. Makes sure you turn space heaters off when you go to sleep and keep the area around them clear.

You also want to make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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