Getting Your Home and Business Ready for Winter


As we transition to Fall in Texas, it’s time to start preparing your home or business for the winter months ahead. Here are some tips to make sure you are ready:

Service your heating system – Schedule professional maintenance for your furnace or heat pump to ensure it’s in good working order before cold temperatures arrive. Replace filters and stock up on extras.

Insulate exposed pipes – Wrap exposed outdoor faucets and pipes with insulating sleeves or foam covers to prevent freezing and bursts.

Caulk and weatherstrip – Seal any cracks, gaps, or openings on windows and doors to stop drafts and reduce heat loss. Make sure attic hatches are properly weather-stripped too.

Reverse ceiling fans – Adjust ceiling fans to a clockwise rotation to drive warm air back down into a room.

Prepare your fireplace – Clean out your fireplace and have the chimney professionally swept. Stock up on firewood for cozy nights.

Examine the roof – Check for any damaged or missing shingles that may need replacement to prevent leaks. Trim overhanging branches.

Maintain the grounds – Clean out rain gutters and downspouts. Prune away dead branches. Keep storm drains clear of debris.

Check emergency supplies – Refresh your stock of flashlights, batteries, blankets, canned goods, first aid kit. Get an emergency road kit for cars.

Use energy efficiently – Replace air filters regularly. Set thermostats lower when away. Turn off unused lights. Unplug devices when not in use.

Review your electricity contract – Check your latest bill.  The expiration date of your contract will be located on your bill.  Get a free bill evaluation from energy brokers at Amerigy Energy in Lufkin and Nacogdoches.  877-631-8875 or email a bill copy to  They know the best prices in the market from over 50 retail energy providers to get you the best deal.

A little preparation now will pay off when winter arrives in full force. This article was provided by Amerigy Energy.

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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