Get Your Home Ready for Winter

December 03, 2011

Did you see my recent post, Are You Ready for This?

It’s about the observances and holidays celebrated in December. I realized that our RSS Feed subscribers may not get the whole point for the headline, which referred to that picture of winter in Chicago.

Home in snow.If you want to get the full effect, visit the front page of Chicago Real Estate Forum and look in the featured section at the top.

There has been much talk about the dreadful winter the Chicago area is going to undergo, yet as I write this, it’s nearing 50 degrees outside.

So far, we’ve been lucky, ergo the question: Are you ready for it?

I’m not. But I’m at least going to get my home ready.

ComEd offers these tips to manage energy use, reduce electricity costs and get your home ready for winter:

*Have your home heating systems cleaned and inspected by a professional each year to ensure safety and optimum efficiency.

*Check the caulk and weather-stripping around all windows, doors and openings for utility services; replace and add as needed.

*If possible, remove all window air conditioners. If not possible, install a cover to eliminate drafts.

*Keep fireplace dampers closed tight when not in use.

*Reverse the rotation of ceiling fan blades, which should spin clockwise during winter months to circulate warm air around the room.

ComEd offers assistance programs to those with financial hardship, including Residential Special Hardship grants, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) and the CHAMP program for active military personnel or disabled veterans.

For more information, customers in Chicago and Cook County can call 800-571-2332. More contact information by county is available at or at 888-806-CARE (2273).

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