Wrapping Up Winter Efficiently

Just when I started to think we may be heading into spring, it snows. That’s Reno for you. It got me thinking about how we can stay efficient in the adverse weather.

The first thing that comes to mind is winterizing your vehicle. Here are a few things to check.

  • Tire pressure and wear – consider using snow or all-weather tires
  • Belts and hoses
  • Battery
  • Antifreeze mixture
  • Wipers
  • Heater

From a time-, money-, and energy-saving standpoint, investing in preventative maintenance is essential. Forking over a few dollars on a worn part now could save you a more expensive repair down the road. You can’t expect anything to run at peak efficiency without it, including your body, like I mentioned in my previous post. If you’re looking for a good place to take your car, check out Roy Foster’s Automotive.

You can also pay attention to being energy efficient at home. There are a number of things you can do to make sure you stay warm, while saving energy, and in turn money for the rest of the cold season.

  • Seal drafts and leaks
  • Shut vents in unused rooms
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat
  • Take advantage of heat from sunlight
  • Bundle up!

For when you have to shovel that white stuff off your driveway, here are a few tips to get it done safely and efficiently.

  • Get a bent handle shovel, or even better, a snow blower!
  • Start slow to warm up your muscles
  • Map out a quick game plan and work methodically
  • Don’t try to throw the snow from wherever you are

And remember, work smart, not hard. Have an idea of what is forecasted. Take into account how much snowfall is expected and the type of snow. If it’s snowing non-stop and it is fairly wet, you should consider shoveling every time you accumulate a couple inches. If it’s snowing in the morning and is expected to get warmer throughout the day, consider skipping shoveling and letting the sun do the work for you.

With the weather acting so weird lately, who knows if this will be our last snow of the season or if our winter is just now starting. It is always good to stay prepared.

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