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  1. Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

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    COMPLETE YOUR WINTER TO-DO LIST WITH THIS HELPFUL GUIDE

    1. Prep Your Home for Winter

    Chase the chill and save with these energy-efficient tips.

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  2. 5 Tips to Winterize Your Home's Exterior

    Covered patio furniture protected from snow

    It’s time to get ready for cold weather! Before the first frost hits, prep your home's exterior with these simple projects. They’ll prevent damage to your home during the long winter months.

    Step 1: Clean and Repair Gutters

    In late fal

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  3. Winter Tips For Feeding Backyard Birds

    Birds eating from bird feeder in winter

    Not all birds fly south for the winter. Many species stick around as long as fresh water and food are made available. Make your backyard the local bird dining destination during wintertime and your whole family can enjoy bird watching even during the

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  4. How to Prevent or Thaw Frozen Pipes

    Frozen garden hose and connector in winter

    During the winter, pipes can often freeze and then burst, leading to expensive repairs. However, bursting pipes are a nightmare that you can avoid by taking a few preventative measures. Taking the

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  5. 4 Tips to Air Seal a Drafty Home

    Cozy puppy napping by sealed glass door

    If your home is leaky, you’re losing money because a drafty home is an inefficient home. But you don’t have to sit by and watch your money escape from your wallet. Learn how to find and seal air leaks inside to conserve energy and lower your utility bil

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  6. Snow Blower Maintenance & Safety

    Clearing snow with snow blower

    Snow blowers are indispensable tools in areas where heavy snowfall is common each winter. They make clearing walkways and driveways quicker and easier than when using just shovels. If you don’t maintain yours, though, you had best prepare your back f

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  7. How to Properly Use & Maintain Your Fireplace

    Well-maintained fireplace burning clean fire

    The fireplace is a centuries-old home feature that, prior to forced-air heat, was often a source of warmth for an entire home. Now that most modern homes have a furnace, the fireplace is usually decorative, or a source of additional heat for a cozy family

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  8. How to Weather Strip Windows & Doors

    Sealing window with foam tape

    A drafty home is also an inefficient home. To conserve energy and make your home more comfortable, it helps to keep cold and warm air where they belong by applying weather stripping

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  9. 7 Tips to Winterize Your Home's Interior

    Replacing furnace filter

    Winter is coming and it's time to prepare your home for the coming chill. There are a few things you can do to help take the bite out of what lies ahead. Sealing leaks in windows and doors and checking your furnace, water heater and chimney will help

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  10. Stay Warm with DIY Attic Insulation Tips

    Thick attic insulation trapping heat

    If you feel that your home heating and cooling costs are going through the roof, it could be that your attic needs to be better insulated. Proper attic insulation can make your home more cost- and energy-efficient by keeping warm and cool air where it

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  11. How to Insulate Basement Walls

    Installing thick insulation in basement walls

    Your basement could be costing you money. Because concrete, stone and other foundation materials are poor insulators, you're most likely losing heat — and the energy you pay for to heat your home — through your basement walls. Adding insulation can kee

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  12. How to Clean & Store Garden Tools

    Lawn and garden tools ready for cleaning and storage

    You don't have to wait until the end of the season to protect your tool investment. It's good practice to rinse your tools off after each use, dry them thoroughly and apply a light coat of oil to all metal parts. Use a stiff-bristle brush to clean stubborn,

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  13. How to Remove Snow from Roofs and Trees

    Shoveling heavy snow on roof

    It looks beautiful when winter snow blankets your home and landscape. However, the snow’s weight builds up on your roof and trees and can cause damage over time if you don’t remove it. While you may be used to shoveling and blowing snow from your sid

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  14. How to Reseed and Feed Your Lawn for Winter

    Lush lawn covered in frost

    After a long summer of hot weather your lawn can look tired and worn out. Heat, foot traffic, drought and pet damage take their toll. However, you can revive your lawn and prepare it for the coming cold months by fertilizing and reseeding. Come spring,

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  15. 5 Tips to Prep Your Lawn for Winter

    Trimming branches from trees in late fall

    Prep your lawn and outdoor areas for the coming cold months to ensure your grass is healthy, green and enjoyable come spring.

    Step 1: Keep Raking and Mowing

    Clean up fallen leaves before winter sets in. When left on your lawn, leaves

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  16. How to Protect Your Landscape from Road Salt

    Bushes by street covered in snow and salt

    It's the perennial winter tug-of-war: How do you make snow- and ice-covered walkways safe while protecting your landscape from harmful deicers and road salt? Salt and other ice-removal compounds can be very hard on the grass and shrubbery adjacent to

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  17. Winter's Coming: Prep Your Perennials to Bloom Again Next Spring

    Chrysanthemums in autumn frost

    Perennials are a fairly hassle-free way to enjoy colorful vegetation each year. Once they are planted, with the right care and attention, they come back every spring. As long as you put in a little work in the fall to prepare them for winter, they will

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  18. How to Protect Your Trees in Winter

    Pine tree branch covered in frost in winter

    If you thought you wouldn't have to think about your trees until spring — much less care for them — you wouldn't be alone. However, trees should be nurtured and protected year-round to make sure that they stay healthy.

    Step 1: Keep Trees Cle

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