Winter Weather Updates
Updated: 1.19.2022 2:00 pm
Energy Conservation Tips
- Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees
- Turn off unnecessary lights and unplug devices not in use
- Avoid using large appliances like dishwashers, range/ovens, washers, and dryers
Protect Your Pipes
Whether you rent or own, save yourself future hardship by taking these steps to protect your home especially once outside temperatures drop below 20 degrees.
- 💧𝗢𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝘂𝗰𝗲𝘁𝘀: Disconnect water hose. If you don't have a purchased water spigot insulator, wrap the water bib with a t-shirt or towel secured by duct tape.
- 💧𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝘂𝗰𝗲𝘁𝘀: (For Homes Not Built on Slab) Let hot & cold water run continuously in a steady stream. Open lavatory cabinet doors.
- 💧𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝘂𝗰𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀: (For Slab-Built Homes) Let hot & cold water run continuously in a steady stream. Open lavatory cabinet doors.
- 💧𝗪𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿/𝗗𝗿𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲: Clamp on a heat lamp directed at the values.
- 💧𝗧𝗮𝗻𝗸𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿: Stream water continuously.
- 💧𝗢𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗜𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Wrap sprinkler system's main shut-off valve with insulation. Shut off the water supply to the system. Wrap above-ground pipes with insulating tape. Turn off programmable timers.
- 💧𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝘂𝘁 𝗢𝗳𝗳 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝘃𝗲: Locate water shut off valve and have a wrench handy if needed for cut off.
Bring your pets inside! Outdoor pets can be safely tucked into a laundry room or bathroom. Have a community cat that can't come inside? Line a box or crate with straw. Be sure to bang on the hood of your car before starting it, many critters will crawl into the car's undercarriage for shelter and warmth.
Those wanting to report weather-related animal concerns should continue to call the SMPD non-emergency line at 512-753-2108 and Animal Protection Officers will be dispatched as needed.