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Heating oil prices drop as colder weather rears its head

Mainebiz.biz reports that oil prices are falling in anticipation of a harsh winter:

Heating oil prices in the state of Maine have fallen slightly as residents prepare for what the Farmers' Almanac says will be an "ice cold and snow-filled" [winter] in the Northeast.

For more on this topic, see the original article at Mainebiz.biz.

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Surprise Natural Gas Drawdown Signals Higher Prices Ahead

Oilprice.com reports that natural gas supplies are lower than predicted following the warm summer months, which could drive up winter heating costs for homeowners:

Natural gas consumption patterns are much more seasonal than for oil. Demand tends to spike in the winter due to heating needs, and then drops substantially in the intervening months, particularly in the spring and fall. Between March/April and October/November, natural gas inventories build up as people need less heating, and that stockpiled gas is then used in the next winter.

So it comes as a surprise that after a record buildup in inventories this past winter, the summer has seen a much lower-than-expected buildup in storage. And last week’s drawdown…

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Infographic: Year-Round Home Safety Guide

Year-Round Home Safety Guide

 

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Complete Spring Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners

Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors 

Your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are your first line of defense in a home emergency, and they need to be checked every so often. Many have batteries that should be replaced, and sometimes have expiration dates on them that let you know when it is time for a new alarm altogether.

Replace outside lighting with motion-activated lights

Not only will this help save you money on lighting costs, it will also be a security upgrade for your home. Outdoor flood lights are a deterrent against theft and trespassing on your property, and will automatically shut off when they’re not needed.

Your fire extinguishers can expire, so check them