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Weather the Storm: Winterizing Your Home
by Staff
The last of the leaves are dropping from the trees, the kids are back in school and you've taken your warm sweaters out of storage. Winter's coming! Are you ready?

Windows can be a real energy sucker in most homes. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates what amount of a home's heat is lost through windows and doors?

  • one half
  • one quarter
  • one third

If you use your fireplace for regular or emergency heating, how often should you have the chimney and flue inspected?

  • once a month
  • once a year
  • once every five years

True or False: A plant that could easily survive the winter in the ground might die if left in a pot outside during cold months.

  • true
  • false

Windows that are installed on the outside of your existing windows and provide extra insulation are called what?

  • weather stripping
  • winter windows
  • storm windows

True or False: Dripping faucets can increase your chances of having frozen pipes during cold weather.

  • true
  • false

When you're prepping your windows for winter you can use a window insulator kit. What common household device helps adhere the insulating film to your windows?

  • staple gun
  • hair dryer
  • toaster

Where's the best place to put a potted plant during the winter?

  • in a garage or shed where it's protected from the wind and cold
  • in the middle of the yard where it will get the most sunlight
  • in the garbage -- potted plants can't survive during the winter

True or False: Perennial plants go dormant during the cold winter months so you don't need to water them.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following can be used to seal cracks and gaps around windows and doors?

  • wood glue
  • plaster
  • waterproof caulking

Detaching garden hoses from outside faucets during the winter can help prevent what?

  • water leakage from the faucet
  • the hoses from freezing and cracking
  • bugs from getting into your pipes

True or False: You can bundle the branches on evergreen trees to prevent breakage during the winter.

  • true
  • false

True or False: Covering your air conditioning unit with a tarp or cover during the winter is a fire hazard.

  • true
  • false

Which pipes in your home are most susceptible to freezing?

  • pipes in outside walls
  • pipes in bathrooms
  • pipes in the floor

One easy way to heat your home more efficiently is to change the direction of what common household item?

  • windows
  • ceiling fans
  • furnace filter

Cleaning out your gutters before winter sets in is a good idea because it can help prevent what?

  • ice from building up on the roof
  • birds from nesting in the gutters
  • decomposed leaves from seeping through the roof

The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that storm windows can reduce heat loss through your windows by how much?

  • 10 to 15 percent
  • 50 to 75 percent
  • 25 to 50 percent

True or False: Home fires are more common during the winter than at any other time of year.

  • true
  • false

True or False: You should remove your window screens in the winter.

  • true
  • false

True or False: Since snow melts naturally, it's not necessary to remove snow from your roof.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following can be applied to plants in the fall to reduce moisture loss?

  • fertilizer
  • anti-transpirant
  • hair spray