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With the weather going from hot to cold, there are a lot of good ways to prep for protecting your home and minimizing energy expenses. Here are some tips to get your property winterized.
Make sure you keep the cold out and the heat in. Check the seals on windows, doors, piping coming into the home, electric lines coming into the home, exterior exhaust grills and attic fan venting to stop unwanted air flow. Foundation cracking and weather strips on garage doors require more than just caulking, but a quick sweep of the exterior should identify those issues.
Exterior maintenance is important before it gets too cold. Check for cracks in your driveway, walkways and brick. Handrails need to be secured so when ice is on the ground, you can rely on that support. A roofing professional should make sure there are no leaks in the roof and that the gutters have been cleared out. Trim back tree branches that are close to your home and walkways, so they will not be at risk to break with the weight of snow. Disconnect hoses and shut off valves that run to exterior water-spouts.
Winter to HVAC professionals is like tax season to accountants, so get your equipment serviced now before it is too late! Check filters to make sure air flow is not impeded. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected for regular use. Re-program your thermostat schedule so you stay comfortable without major ups and downs for your interior heat. Change the direction of your ceiling fans to create an upward draft to redistribute warm air. Prepare for power outages by stocking up on firewood and replacing batteries in flashlights, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Re-organizing your mud and utility rooms is very helpful. Having the right equipment in place for snowy months is better done while it’s still warm out. Take out your snow blower and make sure it is in working order. Bring your shovels, ice melt and snow boots to accessible areas. When putting away your lawn movers and other gas powered lawn equipment, drain out left over gas in the tank.
Checking these items off your list will give you head start on enjoying your holiday season.
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In loving memory of James Stuart Edmonds, who passed away in 2023 at the age of 84.
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.
About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
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