Thursday, December 3 2009 8:35 PM EST2009-12-04 01:35:11 GMT
The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for the next two nights in the Las Vegas area.More>>
Temperatures are really going to drop Thursday night to near or below freezing. But you still have time to prepare.
Home improvement experts say spending a few dollars up front really can save you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars down the road should your pipes freeze or your palm trees die.
With our first deep dip in temps, its burlap and twine time at home improvement stores around the Las Vegas valley. "Tonight we're going to drag out the lamps and the coats and we're going to wrap everything up in burlap and we'll be happy until spring," said Lowe's customer David Gale.
Local stores are reporting an increase in the sales of weatherization products, especially the quick, easy and affordable fixes like self-adhesive weather stripping and window seal kits.
Pre-slit pipe insulation can be used to cover outside pipes and PVC sprinkler systems as well. "It's $3, but if you bust a pipe? Well, that's going to cost you a lot, especially if you have to hire a plumber," said Bob Adolf with Ace Hardware.
Sealing drafty window and doors is a great way to reduce your heating costs, but you may not realize how much cold escapes through those doggy doors. You can seal up that door for the next two nights and leave your pets inside.
Experts agree when it comes to weatherizing your home, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.