Yankee Home Improvement- November 2017

4 Steps to Prepare Your House for the Winter Cold WINTER IS COMING ...

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH SAUSAGE

SET TIMERS ON YOUR HEATER The U.S. Department of Energy reports it’s not energy efficient to leave your heat on all day. If the heat is on when you’re not at home, you’re just paying money for warmth you don’t get to appreciate. This doesn’t mean you have to come home to a cold house. A programmable thermostat can switch on shortly before your arrival, warming your home without wasting money. UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS Old windows let warm air escape. If you can see condensation between the double panes in the morning, have trouble opening or closing windows, or feel air flow around the windows, then it’s time to schedule a replacement. 1800 series installed by Yankee Home Improvement, help keep the heat inside, reducing energy costs and preserving the beauty of your home. There are a lot of things to enjoy about the winter, but a cold house isn’t one of them. With a little prep Energy efficient vinyl replacement windows, like the leading Veridis

As winter rolls in, homeowners struggle to maintain a warm house and stick to their budget. With a rough winter predicted, here are four things you can do to prepare your home for the cold weather. CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS Icicles hanging around the house might be a sign water isn’t able to drain properly from your roof. Icicles and ice dams can cause melting water to back up and flow into your home, damaging your roof and leading to leaks. Clean leaves and other debris from your gutters, downspouts, and extensions, so rain and melting snow drain from the roof and away from your house.

Looking for an easy, delicious Thanksgiving side dish? This gem requires only a few ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil 3 1/3 ounces fresh, hot Italian sausage

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts

1/2 cup water

Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Trim sprouts and cut in half. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, 3–5 minutes. 3. Add sprouts to skillet. Add 1/2 cup water. Add salt and pepper. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until just tender. Check them periodically and add a bit more water, if necessary. 4. When sprouts are just about done, remove cover and raise heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring just once or twice, for a couple more minutes. The liquid should evaporate, and the sprouts should start to brown. 5. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or warm.

CALL A CHIMNEY SWEEP If you have a fireplace, be sure to have it inspected before you light up the yule log. Soot and ash can build up inside your chimney, and a clogged chimney causes carbon monoxide to enter your home, which could cause a fire. Schedule an inspection to ensure your fireplace is clean and safe to use.

work, you can protect your home (and your wallet) from the worst winter might bring.

Recipe courtesy of InTheKitchenWithKath.com.

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