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Properly preparing your home for winter will not only save on energy costs, but may also prevent some major damages and expensive repairs.  The following are a list of suggestions.

  • Winterize your sprinkler system by having the lines blown out. 
  • Insulate water pipes in the crawl space under the house to prevent freezing and bursting.
  • When lowering the thermostat do not lower below 55 degrees.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.  Spray water down them to clear out debris.  You may also consider installing gutter screens.
  • Remove snow and ice from the roof  to prevent ice and water damage.
  • Keep driveways cleared of snow and ice in case an emergency vehicle may need access.
  • Clean fireplace and woodstove chimneys to prevent fire damage.
  • Change the filter on your furnace to enhance its operation.
  • Unplug electric heaters when not in use.
  • To avoid potential fire damage and termite invasion keep firewood away from the house.
  • When leaving for an extended period shut off the water to the house from the main water meter.
  • Update weather stripping around the doors and windows.

This is not a complete list, but it will be important for you to follow up with these items.  You may also think of other ways to winterize your home while accomplishing what is on this list.

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