Prepping for Cold Weather
-- Cover your windshield wipers with socks so snow & ice won't stick to them.
-- Cover your side mirror with a freezer-sized ziplock bag, zipped as far as it will go. It will prevent ice from forming and you won’t have to remember to clean your mirrors.
-- Park facing east, so that the sun will do much of your snow removal work for you.
-- Place a piece of carpet or an area rug over your windshield to keep off the ice and snow. Tuck it under the windshield wipers to hold it down, then toss it in your trunk when you’re ready to go. If you get stuck, you can also use it to help you get traction.
-- Shoveling snow is one of the worst winter tasks, so don’t make it harder on yourself by not properly preparing. Rubbing vegetable oil, paraffin wax, or cooking spray onto your shovel ahead of time will keep the snow from sticking, and allow you to shovel faster and easier.
-- A lot of heat escapes through windows, unnecessarily increasing utility costs. For an easy way to insulate your windows while still letting light in, use large bubble wrap and an Exacto knife. You don’t even need tape or glue - just mist water onto your window with a spray bottle, push the flat side of the wrap against the window and it will stay put and keep your room insulated for months.