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Seasonal Notes

Be courteous with Snow and Leaf removal:  No plowing or blowing of leaves/snow onto or across public roads or into adjoining private property.

It is your responsibility for snow removal on sidewalks/safety paths on your property.

  • Clean those leaves from your gutters to help prevent ice dams.
  • When shoveling snow, spray the blade with a silicone-based lubricant to help prevent snow from sticking.
  • Make sure your ceiling fan is spinning on the low setting in reverse (clockwise) during the winter months.  It will recirculate warmer air trapped near the ceiling down to the floor level.
  • Spray your car windows with a 3:1 vinegar/water mixture.  This will keep ice from forming on your windows.
  • Utilize the sun to help warm your home by opening the curtains when the sun is out.  Even with external temps low, the sun will help your home stay warmer, especially via south-facing windows.
  • Turn your thermostat down a couple of degrees.  With a sweater, you won't likely notice the difference, and you can save significantly on heating costs.
  • Sweep light snow away with a broom rather than a shovel.
  • By mixing together one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and half a gallon of hot water, you'll create a concoction that you can pour over sidewalks and driveways to melt ice.  Plus, it's better for a sidewalk or driveway than salt, which can eat away at concrete.
  • One can use orange peels as fire starters due to the oil in the orange's skin, which can fuel fires while releasing less creosote than paper.  To use the orange as a fire starter, dry its peels on a sheet pan and toss them in a paper bag, with a silica packet to maintain freshness.  It's easy to make and will have your fireplace room smelling like delicious oranges.
  • Keep moisture in the area with a teakettle or saucepan of water boiling on the range or wood stove.  Add mulling spices for a nice scent in addition to the more humid air.
  • Use a humidifier to help reduce the chance of nose bleeds and general discomfort from winter dryness.