Garden hoses and outdoor faucets - Remove hoses from outdoor faucets before freezing temperatures arrive. Hoses interfere with faucets draining properly and may cause ice damaged water lines in your home.
Fireplace - Make sure the damper closes as tightly as possible when a fire is not burning to minimize heat loss. Have your fireplace or solid fuel stove inspected annually to prevent chimney fires.
Draft-prone areas - Seal up your home by caulking, sealing and weather-stripping around all seams, cracks and openings. Pay special attention around windows and where siding or bricks and wood trim meet. Seal areas near electrical boxes and plumbing penetrations as well.
Ceiling fans - To save energy during colder weather, activate the reverse setting on your ceiling fans to circulate hot air that rises to the ceiling and blow it back down.
Cool-season grasses - Fertilize grasses such as ryegrass, fescue, and bluegrass in or before early November.
Leaves - Rake and remove leaves left on the lawn to discourage disease.
Push mower, motorcycle, outdoor power equipment - Perform annual maintenance before storing and either drain your fuel tanks or add a fuel stabilizer.
Lawn and garden equipment, patio furniture - Store to avoid harsh winter elements.