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Winter Tips

Electric Bill Issues

  • If your mentee has an electric bill that exceeds the GA limit ($99 at the time of this entry).
  • WTS has a critical needs funds – you can request up to $100 for a one time need.
  • If your mentee has had their power cut off or their bill has been sent to collections, complain directly to CMP to make sure they’ve done it fairly.

Tips on How to Stay Warm
Many mentees are from much warmer climates and getting used to the cold takes some time and learning how to adapt requires mentoring. We have had to help our mentees learn the “tricks” of staying warm and the economic and environmental benefits of using heat efficiently.

Keeping warm inside the house

  • Wearing heavy socks, slippers, long sleeves, sweaters and hoodies, leggings under pants, wrapping up in a blanket while watching tv and studying
  • Cutting drafts by putting a rolled towel or one of those stuffed snake/noodle things at bottom of outside doors
  • Making sure windows are closed tight and latches sealed (especially important for insulated windows).
  • Window plastic weatherization

Keeping warm outside the house

  • Importance of layering, even under winter coats and snow pants
  • Mittens are often warmer than gloves
  • Wearing boots – a plastic bread bag over socks inside boot can keep feet dryer and warmer
  • Wearing 2 pairs of socks under boots
  • Hats and scarves

Saving on heating money

  • Make sure they understand that the more heat, the more cost. This case be a problem if they have a “heat included” rental agreement, because they won’t see the effect of cranking the heat all the way up. If they have “heat included” agreement then you should tell them the max temp is 74.
  • Make sure they understand that the cost of electricity to power the heat and the hot water is expensive vs. the power used for computers or phones.