Cold enough for you? What about your pipes?

It’s that time of year again –  it’s also time to be alert to frozen pipes! Whether it's a power outage  or you are gone a day, with as cold as it is in Iowa now, it doesn't take long for water pipes to freeze. Here are a few tips to save you money and headaches! If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, arrange for someone to check your house or apartment. Educate your family, other people in your household, and house-sitters on what to do if water pipes do freeze. Show them where your water shut-off valve is located. Most home meters are located in the basement. The … [Read more...]

Is it COLD Enough for you in Cedar Rapids??

WOW! We just had a reminder that winter isn’t just close, it feels like it’s HERE!! One day 65 degrees and the next thing we know it feels like it’s 15! Well, because it seems to catch us off guard every year (or if our power goes off), here is a list some ways TO and NOT TO keep warm this winter …. DO NOT!!! Use your stove to heat your house – oh, it does keep the kitchen warm and toasty when we’re cooking, but ovens are made specifically to cook food and not be used as a heat source. Do not use candles as a heat source – HUGE fire hazard and many homes and families are destroyed by … [Read more...]