Who do i need to contact in a crisis? Could I contact them? Be creative with your list. Employees, customers and suppliers are obvious but what about utility companies, emergency plumbers, bank and insurance companies. The list goes on.

Battery capacity can be significantly reduced due to low temperatures. Thoroughly check your battery, terminals and wiring for wear. Make sure there are no cracks or loose caps. You will also need to check your battery fluid by gently unscrewing the battery caps. The battery fluid has to cover the plates; if not, replace with refined water. Make sure it does not exceed the marked levels. After you are done, wipe out with a clean dry cloth and securely tight the caps.

Small appliances left plugged in will but a drain on your utility use. Electric coffee pots, especially the ones with a clock and timer on them, are a constant drain. Keeping the coffee hot in an insulated thermos instead of on the hot plate cuts usage plus the coffee tastes fresher.