Portland residents scramble to winterize

Portland residents scramble to winterize

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Posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 9:24 PM

PORTLAND -- With frigid temperatures quickly approaching, Portlanders are stocking up on winter supplies.

At Ankeny Hardware in Southeast Portland, portable heaters, furnace parts and weather stripping tools are flying off the shelves.

Many people spent Monday morning getting snow tires and studded tires put on their vehicles.

Gresham Tire Factory saw a spike in business just before Thanksgiving, and is prepared for long lines throughout the rest of the week.

“Lots of snow tires going on, people getting ready. The big thing right now is getting ready for the cold temperatures," said owner Mark Wetzel. “Have your windshield antifreeze ready, your antifreeze, make sure you are winterized is the big thing!"

Wetzel said wait times could reach up to three or four hours for snow tires if you wait until the last minute.

Customers like Roger Dinwiddie got his vehicle in as soon as he heard the weather forecast.

"It's gonna get colder this week, I think like in the 20's and you don't really want to be slipping around on the freeway” said Dinwiddie. "You just go wherever you can to get your tires on, it's good to get them on quick!"

The State of Oregon said it would make an effort to keep the roads clear of ice.

“The de-icer is going to be out there as we anticipate the cold," said Don Hamilton of the Oregon Department of Transportation. "We're gonna be getting it out there both before any ice forms and we'll be ready to apply it again if there's any ice on the road. It works both ways."

Here are some low-cost tips for winterizing, from Pacific Power:

  • Cover drafty windows with a heavy duty, clear plastic sheet on the inside of window frames during winter months. Close drapes at night to keep heat in.
  • Consider placing towels, blankets or store-bought draft blockers at the base of particularly drafty doors. Apply weather stripping around door jambs as well.
  • Improve your home's heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently.
  • Set your thermostat as low as comfortable; aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.

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