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Winter is Coming! Winter is Coming! (Time to Weatherproof!)

Don’t be fooled by the unusually hot, heat wave-like, and ‘tropical’ weather hitting the North American continent. Winter is coming, and is well on the way. Smell the air. With winter just around the corner, it’s time for home owners to get weatherproofing for their home. Although the past months might have seen unusually warm temperatures as the continent received a welcome blast of tropical air, the experts say now is the time to be weatherproofing houses to guard against the effects of a forecasted coming harsh winter weather.

Many gutter, roofing, and other home improvement experts, professionals, and companies are advising that doing a few quick and easy jobs now can head off potential catastrophes such a pipe bursting due to the cold. Pipes should be lagged to prevent them from freezing and a qualified plumber should be called in to check or repair any leaks. Plumbing issues like leaks need fast and professional attention to prevent the problem from escalating.

Other tips for keeping the harsh frost and cold away from the pipe system include leaving plugs in sinks during frosty weather to stop water from freezing in the system and leaving the heating on a low setting for home owners that are going away. Lower temperatures outside can also mean higher heating bills. With many household budgets already stretched by the economic crisis, cutting waste by ensuring a house has high energy efficiency has taken on greater importance.

According to a government energy saving agency, the average yearly energy bill for North American households has risen more than 18% in 2012. The most important investment for home owners looking for cost cutting to improve energy is to get a new boiler. This can also be one of the most expensive investments a home owner can make, but it will save a lot of money in the long run. People should consider replacing their boiler if it is more than 15 years old.

When changing a boiler, home owners should ensure they use a qualified Gas Safety engineer to carry out the installation. Other home improvements that will boost energy efficiency include adding double glazing and ensuring lofts are properly insulated. It is estimated that if every home in North America had 270mm of loft insulation, annual carbon emissions would be cut by around three million tons. All the money thus, saved would cover the gas bills of around 770,000 more families annually.

The Influencer Project and Do It Yourself Projects

Influencer is a project management term referring to persons who can individually and directly influence a certain project. The individual needs to have a certain knowledge or experience in the project. Influence or influencer projects on the internet mostly focus on marketing projects, though other projects can be posted. The emphasis on influence projects is to get as many people as possible to comment, share, and add more knowledge or experience to the given project. As the name suggests, the aim is to get people to somehow “influence” the project in order to improve it.

People can also comment on other influences should these influences be deemed wrong or might take the project on a more difficult path.  Influencer projects for do it yourself projects on the internet mostly focus on interior and exterior home improvements such as gutter installation and repair, roofing installation and repair, and other projects of such nature. Such influencer projects may be found on blogs and other sites, including social media, that focus on home improvement projects. Let’s say, for instance, a DIY expert posts a cheaper way to install new gutters system in a suburban home using either a PDF step-by-step instructional booklet or a video tutorial. Since he is a DIY expert and not necessarily a professional, soon, other DIY experts begin sharing their own experiences or giving other advice in the comments section.

The whole point is to try to improve what the original project has posted. A few people may disagree with one or two points shared, but this is one of the essences of influencer projects. The name of the game is to share. For some influencer projects on home improvement that may have marketing value, some commercial professionals or commercial materials establishments may share their comments or suggestions to bear significant influence or weight on the project in general, or to the acquisition and purchase of a number of activity related products and services in general. The cause of this influence is typically directed towards eventual customer buildup. In some cases, some comments and suggestions may help the progress of a particular project, and in other cases may in fact hinder it in the event the influence causes additional work or carries the project in another direction.

In terms of home improvement projects, especially in terms of gutters and roofing, influencer projects should concentrate on:

1. The strong strategic message, lesson, or tutorial.

2. Making the word easy to spread.

3. Supporting the promotion of the project by making it accessible for comments.

4. Making it accessible for promotion for marketing purposes, if needed.