Winter is here and with it comes a few challenges that are unique to this time of year.
Staying warm while keeping the bills down can be tricky, especially as electricity and gas prices have risen sharply in recent years. Simple tasks like opening your curtains during the day to let heat in, then closing them at night to keep out the cold are easy, cost-effective ways of avoiding the big chill without racking up big bills.
Of course, the family finances aren’t the only priority. It’s important to heat your home safely while still being budget-conscious. Appliances such as heaters and electric blankets should be regularly checked for cracks, frayed wires and other wear and tear. A simple inspection at the beginning of winter could save you and your family from potential catastrophe.
The colder months also bring with them an increase in wild winter weather, so it’s important to be prepared for whatever the elements might throw at you. If the weather service is predicting a storm, make sure the area around your house is free from loose items, and that your gutters are clean and clear.
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