Saturday, February 6, 2010

Household tips for the last weeks of winter

It’s now February in the Okanagan and the sun has begun to shine on those winter blues.  However, February weather can still pack a chilly punch! Here are some tips for protecting yourself from ballooning heating bills, freezing pipes and other household emergencies in these last weeks of winter. 



  • Keep doors and heating vents closed to rooms that are not in use
  • Close the flue in your wood fireplace when not using it
  • Don’t leave kitchen and bathroom fans running longer than needed – they draw heat from your home
  • To prevent pipes from freezing in extreme temperatures, open hot and cold faucets just enough so that water can drip through
  • NEVER bring a barbecue or external gas-powered heating source indoors to heat your home


  • Remove branches from locations where heavy snow and ice might accumulate and risk breakage
  • Disconnect garden hoses from their water sources
  • Keep a bag of salt or sand handy to prevent falls on walkways and driveways
  • Invest in a small canister of lock de-icer for your home and car
  • If you are normally not a active person, take it very easy when shoveling your driveway and other physical tasks that put stress on your muscles and heart

Jason Neumann, REALTOR® 
Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd.    
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