Whether this is your first Boston winter in the new apartment or just looking to battle the challenges of living in the city during gargantuan snow storms, we are here to give you some tips on how to make it through:
Mind the Thermostat
Yes, we know that this is the #1 word of advice from any Bostonian, and there is a reason for it. Not only is it super energy and cost efficient to keep your heat on low when you are out of the house, but also it’s just as important to get your thermostat checked out! It’s good to double check that the batteries and the thermostat itself are working properly before the real snow begins.
Beware of the Draft
Double checking that the windows lock properly and weatherstripping all windows and doors are two quick ways to combat the cold winter air. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air drafts can waste anywhere from 30% to 5% of your energy use. Rolling up towels are a quick DIY way to weatherstrip any problem doors.
Schedule an Energy Audit
Have one of the experts handle it and inspect your home to help you cut costs on your winter heating bills. Whether you live in an apartment or a condominium, you can have your landlord contact National Grid to inspect your home and provide a full report on how to make your home more energy efficient.
Stock Up on the Basics
Flashlights, batteries, and your ice-melt solution of choice are all handy items to stock up on in the Boston weather. It’s always better to be prepared with these items on hand then to have to trek through snow banks in Back Bay for any last minute necessities.
Always Have a Backup Plan
Parking in Boston can be a nightmare on a day to day basis, then throw in a New England Blizzard and things can get really interesting. Always be sure to have a back-up plan about where to park in case your parking spot is ever the home to a snowbank. You can talk with your landlord or surrounding parking garages about back up options.
Protect Your Floors
Even gleaming hardwood floors can take a toll from the harsh New England Winter. Take any old tray and fill it with pebbles and rocks to create a stylish and mess free place to put your winter boots to dry.
For more tips and tricks on how to make it through a legendary Boston winter, feel free to reach out to our agents about life in the city!