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From the Desk of Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt - February 26, 2010

Stay Warm

“On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged before a crowd of people in Pennsylvania seeing his shadow, marking six more weeks of winter. Many times during the winter months, your bills increase as a result of trying to heat your homes.

“Simple tips for plugging drafts can help save you money on your heating bill. One easy way to keep drafts out is closing doors between rooms, thus keeping the heat in and the drafts out. If you can see light through the sides of your front or back doors, inexpensive insulation kits for doors can be purchased to seal the edges and keep the chill outside. Rearranging furniture so it does not block a heater is a great solution as well. With baseboard heating especially, furniture can prevent the heat from circulating. Curtains are a great solution as well because they block drafts while keeping heat in. During the day, you can tie your curtains back, letting the sunlight keep you warm.  

“Besides keeping your home warm, it is important to keep yourself warm! First and foremost, if you are traveling outside in the cold it is important to dress warmly. Many times a coat is not enough. Make sure you keep your hands warm with mittens or gloves! A hat and scarf will keep your neck and head warm, since most of your body heat is lost through your head. When traveling outside, make sure you wear warm socks and boots to keep your feet warm as well.”