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Winter Proofing your Home

Winter proofing your home - Paramount Equity®

Snowman outside houseJust as the coming of spring requires you to clean, winter brings its own set of challenges that you must rise to meet. You will want to ensure that your home is not only warm, but that your utility bills are kept low. Energy efficiency is an important part of winter proofing your home and can be good for your budget as well as for the environment. Winter proofing your home may also protect it from the ravages of ice and snow. In order to winter proof your home effectively, you should:

Seal Your Leaks

The most obvious step in keeping your home warm is to keep cold air out and warm air in. The average home is riddled with air leaks; there are so many that by some estimates they have the equivalent of a nine square foot hole in an exterior wall. (more…)

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What to Plant in Winter

What to Plant in Winter - Paramount Equity®

If you are an avid or novice gardener, you are probably not looking forward to the dreary months when other gardeners lock their tools away and look forward to spring. You may be wondering what to plant in winter. Fortunately, there are plants that can survive and even thrive in seemingly inhospitable weather. Planting winter vegetables and flowers can provide food and brighten an otherwise dreary yard while providing an enjoyable project for the colder months. If you are wondering what to plant in winter, consider the following:

Camellia

This rose-like flower blooms from the end of fall all the way through to the start of spring. The Camellia’s brilliantly-colored flowers and shiny evergreen leaves will stand out in your yard during the coldest part of the year. They will need lots of sun but should be sheltered from the wind. (more…)

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