The heat will be on this winter. With winter storms hitting parts of the country early, furnaces cause heating bills to rise. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills; half going toward heating and cooling.
Your pet may have fur but that is not always enough to keep them warm in the winter. Just as you may still be cold with a coat on, they can still be cold with their fur coats. Just as you prepare yourself for winter by getting coats, gloves and turning up the heat, it is important to prepare your pets as well!
Dangerously cold weather is expected to hit much of the US this week with many areas expected to get temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures could get as low as zero degrees in some of our customer areas and even stores in Texas and Louisiana will be looking at mid-teens as lows this week!
Winter storms can range from a few inches of snow over several hours to a blizzard with total white out conditions that can last for several days. Given the severe weather conditions these winter storms can create, there are precautions that you should take in advance of the next winter storm warning, to protect both your family and your property.
Last winter’s polar vortex not only affected the majority of the country with subfreezing temperatures, but wreaked havoc on utility bills. In fact, consumers in 13 states and the District of Columbia used enough energy in January to capture eight of the 10 highest winter demand days on record, according to PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator. According to the Farmers’ Almanac and other weather predictors, a polar vortex is expected to rear its ugly head again this winter.
At Sutherlands HomeBase, we hear this question fairly frequently. Many times a customer will buy a generator in preparation for a storm (or more frequently after one has already knocked out the power) and or they will have a very specific use in mind, like camping or construction.
As winter approaches, many cities in the U.S. have already started to experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn’t exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the winter months. Remember in January 2014 when all 50 states logged below-freezing temperatures on the same day?