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February Home Review Sponsored by Home tips What’s on the to-do list for February? This month we focus on safety and making sure we aren’t wasting money on utility bills. 1. Check the charge on your fi re extinguishers. They will have expiration dates, but since they are relatively low in cost, it is advisable to replace any questionable extinguishers in your home and garage. 2. In order to get a jump start on your spring cleaning, start with your pantry. Make sure to take everything out, wipe down the shelves and check the expiration dates. If you fi nd something you no longer want or will not use before the expiration date, donate them to your local food bank or church. 3. Vacuum your clothes dryer exhaust duct, refrigerator coils, vents baseboard heaters and cold air returns. This simple step will not only help extend the life of your appliances, it will also help save on energy bills. 4. Change your fi lter in your heating system. Thirty days is the longest you should wait, especially during peak usage months. 5. Check the door seals on your refrigerator. Close the door on a pound note and attempt to pull it out while the door is closed. If the bill HOME & GARDEN slides out easily, it is time to replace the seals. 6. Leaky toilet tanks do more than increase your utility bills; they can cause costly water damage to your fl ooring. Try this quick trick: add some red food colouring to the water in the tank, and wait about an hour. If you come back and the water in the bowl is pink, you have a leak. WEST COAST REVIEW | 37


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