It’s that time of year again – we’re all getting ready for the cooler months ahead. This year, you may find yourself working or studying from home more often, which begs the question – how can I heat my home without the enormous energy bill? Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Here are just a few ways to keep your home warm without the sky-high bill.
If you spend a lot of time in one or two rooms, consider having a supply of blankets in each space. Blankets can instantly transform a room from cold to cozy. When you feel warmer with a blanket, you’re less tempted to turn on the heating and burn through energy.
When the hot water pipes are left exposed in cold, drafty areas, it uses more energy to heat up the water. To prevent higher bills – and prevent the chance of frozen pipes – wrap insulation around the pipes.
In winter, thermals are your best friend. Dress for the cooler weather – even if you’re just going to be around the house. Layer up with multiple long-sleeve t-shirts and sweaters. This will help you feel warmer when working around the house so that you don’t turn to the thermostat.
It’s important to use as much natural – and free – heat as possible. Open up the curtains to let the sunshine in and benefit from that free heat source. For windows that don’t receive any sunlight, consider keeping the curtains closed during the day so that as little heat is lost as possible.
Walk around your home to spot any holes or gaps that could be letting in cold air through doors and windows. Now is the time to seal up cracks to prevent heat loss. If the caulking around windows and doors is old and cracking, remove it and reapply. This will help to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
Although exposed wood floors make quite the impact, they can be cold to touch. Throughout the cooler months, consider buying some big rugs to lay down to drastically reduce heat loss through the floor. Not only does this help your energy bills, but it makes everything feel cozier inside the house, too.
Perhaps you find yourself cooking more often these days. If that’s the case, choose to use your oven more. Roast veggies and then blend them to create delicious soups and stews. Not only will you warm up with a hot meal, but the oven will help to heat your home. Although you should never use the oven as a form of heating, you can benefit from a warmer kitchen when you’re cooking.
These are just a few ways to help keep your home warm without the large energy bills. Secure reliable homeowners insurance that protects you through disasters. Call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.
Road trip season is almost here! Now is the time to make sure your vehicle is ready to handle some sun-drenched driving. Summer’s high temperatures, flurries of dust, and occasional rainfall can take a toll on your vehicle and driving. To help ensure your car is ready for the summer roads ahead, be sure to follow these car maintenance tips.
This is particularly important if your last oil change was a while ago. Intense weather conditions can put extra demands on your oil and oil filter, and breaking down in the hot sun isn’t an option. A clean filter and new oil make for a healthier, happier engine!
The fluids often get neglected in summer because motorists likely topped them up before winter. However, now is the time to double check the fluid levels such as transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and even windshield wiper fluid. Coolant fluid is especially important to keep an eye on before the heat of the season.
Potholes and difficult road conditions wear on your tires and their air pressure. Make sure that your tires (including your spare) are properly inflated before hitting the road for a big summer road trip. Tires with low air pressure tend to wear out much quicker and will lead to inefficient fuel consumption.
It may sound ridiculous to get new wiper blades in the summer months, but summer isn’t always about the heat. When there’s rain or mist, you’ll want good, functioning wiper blades that are clean and effective.
With all we tend to tackle during the holidays, getting things done can sometimes take priority over doing things cautiously. Your Independent Agent and kemper would like to share some ideas on how to take care, protect your property and still enjoy the festivities in the busy weeks ahead.
If you run a business from the comfort of your own home, you may not have enough insurance to protect your business equipment. A standard homeowners insurance policy provides only $2,500 coverage for business equipment, which likely is not enough to cover all of your property associated with your business. As a business, you will likely need coverage for liability and lost income.
Regardless of what insurance policy you choose, you need professional liability insurance. Here are the three basic kinds of liability insurance you should consider — depending on the nature of your business.
You may not need to take out an entirely different policy. A homeowners policy endorsement just adds protection to your already existing homeowners policy to double your standard coverage for business equipment like computers and printers.
An in-home business policy provides more comprehensive coverage than the homeowners policy endorsement. In addition to the protection for your business, this policy could reimburse you for the loss of important papers and records. It may even pay for the income you lose if your home is badly damaged from a covered peril that it forces you to temporarily pause your business.
If your business is on the bigger side of things, as far as home businesses are concerned, then homeowners insurance policy and any add-ons won’t exactly cut it. It covers business property and equipment, loss of income, extra expenses, and liability—like the other policies, only on a much grander scale.
Whichever you choose is best for your business, it’s important to realize that not even your business is immune to dangers. Make sure that your home business is protected with the right commercial insurance policy. Contact Abatelli Group, Inc. for a proper policy on your insurance needs.
Cold temperatures are great for some unique outdoor activities: snowball fights, sledding, ice skating, making snowmen, and other fun activities. But outside of play, living in the cold can be rough. Luckily for us, we do not have to live in the cold; humanity can do what no other animal can do: change our environment to suit our comforts. If our homes are not properly ready for winter, we can essentially rack up our heating bill and waste a lot of energy. Here are a few winter home maintenance tips for your home.
The winter brings snow and ice, which may be beautiful for a National Geographic nature documentary, but it is nothing short of annoying and dangerous when it comes to driving. The winter roads become a lot more dangerous when snow falls and ice forms, but there are some steps you can take to lower your chances of an accident. Here are a few winter driving safety tips you can use to help you stay safe while you drive during the winter.
Your tires are not made for gaining traction in the snow and can slip and slide at any given moment. Make sure that you are prepared and install your snow tires before the first snow of winter falls.
As the cold temperatures arrive, your tire pressure will lessen. This is because of the ideal gas law which states that as temperature drops, pressure follows. It applies to the atmosphere, your tires, and, yes, even footballs. Ensure that your tire pressure is at the optimal level, especially during the winter; refer to the owner’s manual to know your car’s recommended psi.
Windows & Mirrors
If you park your car outside overnight, you will have ice that condensates onto your windshields and mirrors. Invest in an ice scraper to scrape the ice in the morning. You can turn on your car and start the heat for about five minutes to simplify this task.
With ice on the roads, it’s important that you leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. That way, you will have plenty of time and space to come to a full stop should the other car come to a sudden stop.
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