13 August 2010

Time To Start Getting Ready For Winter Soon

It's getting to be that time of year again. Have to soon put away the floaties, water toys, prep the swimming pool for the ice, snow, sleet and whatever "Old-Man Winter " decides to throw our way. At least some of us do (hear my sigh of envy for people in warm climates?). Started cutting down my gardens already as we get very unpredictable weather here in Michigan and it's not in great shape due to the sever heat we've had this summer. It's not fun thinking about the first frost of the year and with the way time is flying it doesn't seem like it will be that far away.

Storing wood all year long for winter indoor use can help you save on utility prices. Whether you chop your own or buy it, you need to keep it safe from moisture and creepy-crawly things that might hibernate in it for a few months. Use a cover that allows air to circulate well to help keep the wood mildew free. Having and using an indoor fireplace can help you save on utility costs while offering a beautiful setting. If you're a propane gas, natural gas or an electric heat user, there's the dreaded question of "What will I be paying this month"? As in past years, we know these costs are only going to go higher and higher and some of the price increases are truly shocking.

Happy winter preparations in the coming months.