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REPAIRS BEFORE WINTER WILL EQUAL M A J O R S AV I N G S According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Saver Guide, the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on home utility bills, and heating and cooling accounts for the biggest portion – approximately 48 percent. The DOE says that those bills could be reduced by up to 25 percent by taking steps to efficiently manage those systems and by making repairs around the home.
Contact your trusted service contractor and enlist their help to make the following repairs now, in the fall, for major savings this winter. REPLACE DRAFTY WINDOWS AND DOORS: Old, drafty windows can let cold air in, while letting warm air from the inside escape. This causes your heating system to work overtime. If you have old windows that need replacing, get new ones that seal tightly to help reduce inﬁltration. Same with doors: installing a new, thicker door will keep cold air out and warm air in.
ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE: When families are home and awake, set the thermostat as low as is comfortable. When asleep or out of the house, turn the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours and save around 10 percent a year on heating and cooling bills. A great way to do this is to get a smart thermostat installed so that you can set the temperature from anywhere.
If you aren’t ready for new windows, get your contractor to install operable window coverings. The coverings give you the flexibility to choose whether to keep them open or closed for privacy, will maximize natural light, take advantage of heat from the sun in the winter, and come next summer, will reduce heat gain. Options include shades, blinds, draperies or curtains, and some shutters.
FIND AND SEAL LEAKS: Have your contractor go around the house and search for air leaks. Seal any air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unﬁnished spaces behind cupboards and closets. Your contractor should also add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
MAINTAIN HEATING SYSTEMS: Schedule a service for the heating system. Find out what maintenance is required to keep the heating system operating efﬁciently. Replace the furnace ﬁlter once a month, or as needed.
Reach out to your local home service provider to walk around your home, inspecting it for any repairs that need to be made to make your home more energy efficient in the winter. The savings from your bills can help offset the cost of the repairs! Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2018. All rights reserved.
Preparing Your Garden for the Canadian Winter By Julie Achtermeier
After a lush summer of continuous watering, weeding and pruning, it’s easy to forget that work still needs to be done in your gardens before winter sets in. Some Canadian growing zones can see some harsh temperatures over the coming months, and not protecting your gardens can lead to a disappointing spring when many perennials don’t resurface. To protect your garden over the winter, and help prepare for the next growing season, follow a few simple steps: Rake your lawn and gardens of fallen leaves. Most of us rake the lawn once the majority of leaves have fallen, but it’s just as important to remove those last few you may otherwise ignore. Clearing your yard will help protect from snow mould, a fungus that creates white or pink spots on your grass under the snow. Removing leaves before the snow falls will help ensure there are few, if any, mould patches and will give your lawn a head start when spring arrives. Fertilize your lawn before winter. According to Mark Cullen, Master Gardener and Horticultural Expert, the most critical application of fertilizer to your lawn should occur in the fall. Cullen recommends applying a slow-release lawn fertilizer designed for fall application. A good fertilizer will resist snow mould, and the grass will green up much faster once spring arrives. Choose a Canadian brand with natural fertilizers and check your municipal bylaws for any restrictions. Split and move perennials. Many perennials continue to spread and grow throughout the summer months and fall is the perfect time to cut them back,
split the roots and transfer pieces to new locations. Hosta plants, for example, are very hardy and can easily be divided in the fall once the large leaves are cut back. If your garden has become overcrowded, thin out perennials in the fall and pass them along to neighbours or friends. Wrap burlap around evergreens. One thing that’s certain about the Canadian winter is that it’s unpredictable. Some years we plunge into a deep freeze and other years are mild with very little snow. To ensure your cedars and evergreens stay healthy this winter, purchase inexpensive burlap and wrap the trees in two layers. This will help protect them from blowing snow, wind damage, and salt spray. Wrap fruit trees with a plastic spiral product. Depending on the winter temperatures, some seasons see considerable damage from mice and rabbits if they come out of hibernation for a mid-winter feast. Plastic spirals are only a few dollars each and can save your trees from becoming a critter’s lunch. Young apple trees are especially susceptible.
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DODGE WINTER L AW N D A M A G E Winter conditions can present a wide range of challenges to your lawn and landscape, but there are precautions you can take to protect your lawn, as well as your trees and shrubs, from seasonal harm. These preventive steps from the lawn care experts at TruGreen can help your lawn survive the winter season’s harsh elements. You should also reach out to your personal lawn care expert to make sure your lawn is prepared.
SN O W P LO W D A M A GE
Install brightly-colored boundary markers along the edges of paved areas to help protect lawn and shrubs from snow plow and snow thrower blades. Lightweight wooden stakes, at least four feet tall with bright reflective tape and brightly covered fiberglass rods, serve as good markers. Avoid heavy metal, fence posts and other large objects, as they can pose a hazard to snow plow operators.
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More so than any other season, trees and shrubs are vulnerable to changing weather conditions during the winter. Wide temperature fluctuation and extremely low temperatures are the biggest factors of tree stress, meaning your trees are more susceptible to things like frost cracks, sunscald and winter burn. Keep twigs and limbs from breaking under the weight of ice by carefully brushing away, whenever possible, any snow load from plants, which will reduce the weight on the limbs and decrease the damage. Placing a burlap cover around shrubs such as boxwood and yews will help reduce winter desiccation. Proper fertilization can help keep your trees and shrubs healthy well into spring, and allow them to better tolerate winter. A service can help with tree and shrub maintenance customized to meet your landscape’s every need, including applications to control overwintering insects, pests and mites.
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Damage to plants, shrubs and trees as a result of sustained low temperatures can typically go undetected until spring or early summer, when plants fail to produce new growth. To help prevent damage, maintain a two- to three-inch layer of mulch to help protect the crown and roots from weather extremes.
W I N TE R D E HY DRAT ION
During the colder months of winter, plants cannot replace moisture lost from leaves and needles. This leads to “dehydration” – technically known as desiccation. To help avoid this problem, maintain proper watering late into the fall, or water during periods of winter thaw.
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Ice-melting agents, such as rock salt and products containing calcium and magnesium chloride, may accumulate in the soil and cause damage to plants. Use extreme care when applying ice-melting agents to prevent damage to your plants or concrete surfaces.
Contact your local landscaper or lawn service expert today to have them give a look at your lawn and landscaping to make sure that it is prepared for the winter months and the friged weather ahead. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2018. All rights reserved.
WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
As the end of the year draws near and the holiday season creeps up, you may be in the mood for a few quick touch-ups before entertaining. But sprucing up for holiday guests doesn’t have to mean excessive packaging or waste as you look for new items. All you need is a bit of inspiration and forethought.
Here are five easy and cost-effective ways to get your home ready for the holidays while minimizing your impact on the environment:
A FRESH COAT OF PAINT.
Most people think painting should be done in the spring or summer when windows can be opened due to the toxic nature of paint products. Not true anymore. Most paints are now low-VOC or non-VOC which means little to no odour and fewer chemicals. And all brands of paint now contain a primer built in so long gone are the days of tedious priming, then painting. Simply patch the small holes with a quick-dry mud, use a light sanding block and then spot-prime with the new colour before rolling on the first coat. When your paint can is empty, simply let the paint dry and toss it and the lid into the recycling bin (it must be dry). Also, do away with disposable tray liners. Wall paint is made with latex so let the paint dry then peel it out of the tray and toss in the trash for much less waste.
MAKE AN OUTSIDE URN OR DECORATIVE CENTREPIECE.
Urns and centrepieces are still very popular, and some florists offer workshops so you can create the exact look you want while enjoying an evening out with friends. If creating one doesn’t pique your interest, you can pre-order for pick-up with the size and specifications you need. A custom urn or centrepiece also makes a unique hostess gift and using live branches and berries means disposal in the green bin or compost when the holidays are over.
REPLACE YOUR MATS. The first few steps your guests take into your home serve as an introduction to your living space. This should not only give
a warm welcome but also set a relaxed tone and be clutter-free. Keeping the entrance way neat and clean during the winter months can be challenging. Try choosing a festive mat that offers a barrier between wet footwear and your hardwood or tile floors. Since mats are replaced every year, choose from a manufacturer that uses recycled or eco-friendly materials.
CHOOSE A THEME. This year,
why not look to the environment and aim for sustainability as a theme this year. The mantra “less is more” can breathe new life into your home and create a natural, uncluttered appeal. As we all strive to reduce clutter and unnecessary packaging, a simple, elegant, and minimalist style fits the trend this year. Deep colours like burgundy, dark blue, grey, rust, brown and, the classic forest green are popular. Natural products will dominate, like raw wood, live greens, and classic metallic pieces. And don’t be afraid to reuse and repurpose old décor that may appear obsolete.
UPDATE YOUR LIGHTING. It
might be time to upgrade those builder model light fixtures to something current and eye-catching. A chandelier in the powder room is still a popular choice, as well as softer pot lights. LED string lights are trendy and add sparkle to the subtler areas – a mantle-piece, hurricane vase, or empty bottle of wine. If you haven’t updated your lighting to LED options, now is the time. LEDs are solid-state technology, which makes them more resistant to shocks than either incandescent bulbs or CFLs, and use considerably less energy to generate light.
S H O U L D YO U R E P L AC E YO U R RO O F ?
LO O K F O R T H E S E S I G N S Most homeowners don’t think about their roofs until leaky ceilings and puddles form inside their home. Why think about your roof if there isn’t a problem? According to Metal Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bill Hippard, "Roofers are most in demand following severe weather such as heavy rain or high winds. If you put off doing repairs or replacing your roof until you have a problem, you may find that the contractor has a waiting list, and your problem will get worse before it can be addressed." To avoid costly delays and repairs, look for the following signs. If you have any of these issues, contact your roofer right away.
1. ROOF FRAMING. Start off by checking the roof framing structure to make sure it is not compromised. Visually scan the roof for any sagging or uneven areas. 2. MISSING SHINGLES. High winds can remove shingles from your roof, creating an invitation for leaks. You can use binoculars to inspect your roof without a ladder.
3. SHINGLES that are obviously cracked or peeling. Even if the shingles aren't missing, if they're curling or torn, they're on their way to failing. 4. STAINS OR WATER MARKS on your ceiling can indicate a leaking roof even if you don't see a puddle. It's important to find the source of the leak and make repairs before the problem grows.
5. DISCOLORED SHINGLES can be a sign of mold or algae growth on your roof, particularly in warm, wet climates. The elements are hard on a roof, causing it to deteriorate and fail. 6. AGE. If you have a typical asphalt shingle roof, and it's more than 10-15 years-old, chances are, you're going to need to replace it in the near future.
The condition of your roof is one of the first things appraisers assess and potential buyers notice. Faded, curled, damaged or missing shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. And if your neighbors have maintained or recently replaced their roofs, yours will look especially tattered and old. So not only can your worn roof be doing damage to your home, it can be doing damage to your home’s value. If it is time to replace your roof, talk to your roofer about tearing off the old roof and installing a new one. This is a much better option than installing new shingles over your old worn out ones. Your roofer will tell you that this not only increases the longevity of the new roof, but removing the old roof reveals any defects that should be fixed before the new roof is installed.
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SALE Strategically located in central Waterloo, on a major commercial traffic artery, close to UofW, WLU & Conestoga College w/excellent exposure and high profile. Zoning allows for a very wide-range of high level retail, office and flexcommercial uses. MLS® Chad Ritzer* Ext. 3033
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OPTIONS with 2 Road Frontages in an Excellent Location makes this Mixed Use Building Highly Desirable. 8 parking spots with a fenced compound. Lots of options within MU-3 Zoning. MLS® Eric Frey* Ext. 3118
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AUTO RECYCLE since 1956. Located on very busy Ontario Street East, main entrance to Stratford. Could be bought as Auto Recycler or can be changed to many uses within zoning. PLEASE DO NOT GO DIRECT. MLS® John Hoffman* Ext. 3040
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