Winter Tips for Homeowners
Protect Your Pipes
Water expands while freezing so it’s important to safeguard your pipes in the cold weather. Tips and tricks to keep your expensive piping safe:
- Drain water from outside faucets and sprinkler systems.
- Disconnect and store outside hoses; cover outdoor faucets with foam insultors.
Get Your Furnace and Boiler Inpected
Check your furnace for leaks, heating efficiency and filter by hiring an HVAC professional. They can also check the air quality for carbon monoxide. To protect your furnace even more try stocking up on filters and change them every few months.
Swap Screens for Storm Windows
Replace each screen window on your home with a glass storm window to create a thicker and more resilient barrier to winter weather.
Use Kitty Litter Instead of Salt
For traction purposes kitty litter works well on sidewalks and under tires. While it won’t melt ice like salt, it’ll still get you out of a slippery situation.
Find and Get Rid of Drafts
Fixing the drafts in your home will save you a lot on that winter energy bill. Most leaks occur in the attic or basement, look for where you feel a draft around wiring holes, plumbing vents, ducts, and basement rim joints. Most of these will be sealable with a simple caulking gun, but for instructions on how to plug larger holes, check out these tutorials from EnergyStar.gov.
Maintain Your Fireplace and Chimney
- Sweep ash that’s resting on bottom to help the air quality in your home.
- Install a chimney cap that keeps moisture out, keeps animals and birds out and prevents debris from entering the chimney. Stay safe and warm in front of the fires you’ll be making this winter.
Homeowner Resource Connections
Gopher State One Call 1 (811) 454-0002, www.gopherstateonecall.org, Call before you plant trees etc.
Pierson Garden and Landscaping (612) 251-9910, www.piersonlandscape.com, Landscaping and yard maintenance
Shadywood Tree Experts (952) 933-0614, www.shadywoodtreeexperts.com, Tree service – tree trimming, removal and treatment of insects
J. Bihl Contracting LLC (612) 247-3094, Lawn & garden service
Plumber and Sewer
Energy Assistance Program (952) 930-3541
Heatshare (612) 721-1668
MN Public Utilities Commission (651) 296-7126
Sustainable Resource Center (612) 872-3294, Weatherization of low income households
Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999, www.xcelenergy.com
DIAL-A-RIDE (612) 373-3333 www.metrotransit.org/othertransopts/dialaride.asp
Greyhound Bus Lines (800) 231-2222 www.greyhound.com/home
ICA (952) 938-0729 www.icafoodshelf.org, Medical transportation for seniors and disable individuals without a car
Jefferson Bus Lines (612) 359-3400 www.jeffersonlines.com
Metro Mobility (651) 602-1111 www.metrocouncil.org/transportation/paratransit/intro.htm Service for Handicapped & Elderly
Metro Transit (612) 373-3333 www.metrotransit.org
Southwest Metro Transit Information Center (952) 974-3100 www.swtransit.org
Suburban Taxi (763) 545-1234 www.suburbantaxi.com
Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicios (612) 746-3500, www.clues.org, All types of social service assistance in Spanish language.
Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota (612) 338-5282 www.cscmn.org, Advocacy and intervention services for Somali immigrants: health insurance, housing, employment, Youth services; English classes.
Crisis Connection (612) 379-6363 or (866) 379-6363, www.crisis.org, Crisis Connection is a nonprofit agency that provides 24-hour crisis counseling by telephone. Our community call center relies on trained volunteers who answer calls 365 days per year.
Early Childhood Family Education (612) 668-3927, ecfe.mpls.k12.mn.us
Eden Prairie Family Center (952) 975-6980 www.edenpr.org/famctr Offers early childhood family education.
Edina Resource Center (952) 848-3936 www.edinaresourcecenter.com The Edina Resource Center is your connection to community information, resources and services. The resource center offers “one-stop” shopping for the right piece of information, service provider or community support.
Emergency Food Shelf Network (763) 450-3860 www.emergencyfoodshelf.org
Father’s Resource Center (612) 783-4938 www.resourcesforfathers.org
Fraser Child and Family Center (612) 861-1688 www.fraser.org Serving children and adults with special needs through comprehensive education, healthcare and housing services. Fraser is a leading provider of autism services at a time when the need is critical.
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery (763) 591-0100 www.crisisnursery.org Support families in crisis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through our free, voluntary services.
Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association (GMDCA) (612) 341-1177 radiochildcare.org/GMDCA/GMDCA.html Will assist in finding child care and apply for financial assistance.
Head start (218) 728-1091 www.mnheadstart.org
ICA (952) 938-0729 www.icafoodshelf.org Emergency food shelf, financial assistance and transportation services.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services (952) 546-0616 www.jfcsmpls.org A social service agency providing family education, parenting, support and counseling for all families.
Lutheran Social Service (651) 642-5990 or (800) 582-5260 www.lssmn.org Financial counseling, adoption, and pregnancy counseling.
MAC (Mothers and Children) Nutritional Program (651) 484-8241 www.ceap.com/family/mac.php Nutritional, balanced monthly food package for qualifying children up to age 6, pregnant women, or breast feeding women not served by WIC.
Fraser Child and Family Center 729-6001 www.fraser.org
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (612) 728-2000 www.miwrc.org
Minnetonka Life Care Center (952) 938-4496 www.minnetonkalifecare.org Free pregnancy tests, referrals to doctors, educational programs, parenting and baby supplies for low income families.
PICA (Parents in Community Action, Inc.) (612) 374-0701 www.picaheadstart.org Services are provided at no cost to eligible children six weeks to five year and their families.
Prop (Eden Prairie & Chanhassen Families) (952) 937-9120 www.propfood.org/index.html Emergency food shelf, children’s closet, transportation, and financial assistance.
ResourceWest (formerly Hopkins Minnetonka Family Resource Center) (952) 988-5350 www.resourcewest.org
South Hennepin Adult Programs in Education (952) 975-6946 www.bloomington.k12.mn.us SHAPE assists adult learners with specific goals of learning to read better, learning math skills, and improving writing abilities.
St David’s Child Development and Family Services (952) 939-0396 www.stdavids.net Early Childhood Education, including services for children with special needs.
West Suburban Teen Clinic (952) 474-3251 www.westsuburbanteenclinic.org
Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program (651) 201-4404 or (800) 657-3942 www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic Provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods, and referrals to health and other social services.
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