5 TIPS FOR WINTERIZING YOUR HOME

We have officially entered the dreaded winter months. Luckily,  winter days in the south is not nearly as unpleasant as the north. For those days when we do reach freezing or below, I want to share with you some helpful tips to combat the cold and winterize your home. It will save you some money along the way too!

Insulate the Pipes

It is common knowledge to leave the faucets dripping when the cold hits, but there’s an easier way to avoid the frozen pipes. By insulating your pipes, you not only help decrease the chance of the pipes freezing, but you also will pay less for hot water. I recommend stopping by your local hardware store and pick up some pre-slit pipe foam, and then cut them to the desirable size depending on length of your pipes.

Turn Down the Water Heater

Turn down the what? You heard us. I recommend turning down the water heater for the winter months. Typical water heaters are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit by the installers. By lowering it to 120 or lower, it helps to save you water heating cost by 6 to 10 percent, and it decreases your chance of being scalded by extremely hot water.

Consider the Thermostat

When you leave for work, remember to turn down the thermostat. This will not only prevent the heater from working over time when no one is at home, but it will also save you about 1 to 3 percent on the heating bill for every degree that is lowered. For those who have a hard time remembering to change the thermostat, there are programmable thermostats for as little as $50.

Change the Filters

This maybe the most simple task, but it can also be easily forgotten. I recommend changing your air filter at least once a month in the winter. This will not only increase the efficiency of the heater, but it will also help the quality of airflow in your home, which will save you money as well.

Wear a Sweater

Cozy up in a sweater can actually save you money. Each degree on the thermostat is costing you money. On average, a light sweater can add up to 2 degrees of warmth, whereas a heavy sweater can add up to 4 degrees of warmth. So even if you happen to be inside, keep those cute or ugly sweaters on and start saving!

I hope these tips are helpful as you prepare for the winter months. Please give us a call at 615-248-6288 if you have additional tips or if you found these tips to be useful. We would love to hear your feedback! And if you are looking for more ways to save time and simplify your life, check out our website, we would love to assist you with any moving needs.

FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN NASHVILLE

This past weekend, the city of Nashville kicked off the Christmas season with its own version of the Macy’s parade. I got to experience the fun floats, the various, festive marching bands, the lovely Grand Marshall-Mike Fisher, and the magical Santa Claus. It was such a wonderful weekend to usher in the Christmas season and get in the Christmas spirit!

The holidays can be very expensive as we buy gifts for everyone on our list. To relieve some of the costs and stresses of the holiday season, I want to share with you some fun family events in Nashville to get in the Christmas spirit without breaking the bank.

Opryland Hotel

At Christmas time, the Opryland Hotel gets transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. You must bring your whole family to experience the millions of twinkling lights. It’s free to walk around the hotel and enjoy the lights, the 48-foot tall Christmas tree, and the life-sized nativity scene outside. It’s open daily from 4PM – midnight until January 1.

Music City Winterfest

Whether you’re trying to do some Christmas shopping, wanting to get in the Christmas spirit, or just wanting to get the kids out of the house. Music City Winterfest is filled with things to do for everyone. There are local vendors and artisans selling unique gifts, local bands to help you get in the Christmas spirit, and lots of games, crafts, and even a photo-op with Santa! This event is happening December 9th from 10AM-4PM at Centennial Park.

Warner Park’s Winter Story Walk

This event kicks off Dec. 5, and it’s an ongoing, self-guided activity all throughout the winter months from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Warner Park’s Winter Story Walk is the perfect event for the active little ones in the family. Start the hike at Little Acorn Trail and enjoy nature as you walk and wander through the trails to reveal many winter stories.

Now you have no excuses to sit at home. It’s time to enjoy some festive Christmas outings. If you need help decorating your house for Christmas or rearranging your house for family gathering or Christmas parties, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for all the information. We would love to help you out with any holiday moving needs!