Homeowners, Farmers Prepare For Dropping Temperatures

December 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Chilly temperatures can be troublesome for homeowners and especially local farmers. But some growers actually want the numbers to drop.Water's already begun to flow in Fresno County orange groves. Keith Nilmeier's trees are heavy and full of fruit. The water soaking each row helps protect the oranges from extreme cold. Nilmeier explained, "I want my trees really pumped up with a lot of moisture so if there is a cold temperature with a low dew point they won't freeze-dry. This cold weather is a good thing. It helps bring that color in a lot quicker."

Nilmeier won't start worrying until we dip to 28-degrees. He says it's been too warm for his oranges. "This cold weather is a good thing. It helps bring that color in a lot quicker."

But that cold draft you feel at home can cost you money. It pays to be energy efficient. Aaron Klusener of Fresno Ag Hardware said, "A lot of heat can escape out of the bottom of the door or around the edges if it's not sealed properly so these are some of the foam weather-stripping. They just have a self-adhesive backing."

Klusener said people have been busy picking up foam insulation for outdoor pipes. "Usually someone will insulate after they've had a break. It's a lot easier and cheaper to insulate it beforehand."

Outdoor faucet covers are also in high demand when the temperatures dip.


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