A bitter blast of winter weather blew across much of Minnesota Sunday afternoon, canceling school classes again and leaving many residents shivering as utilities urged customers to dial down their thermostats to conserve natural gas put in short supply by a Canadian pipeline explosion.
Frigid temperatures and dangerous windchills will persist into Tuesday, forcing districts to confront the cancellation choice again Monday afternoon.
Even as temperatures plunged Sunday, Xcel Energy asked all customers, including in the Twin Cities, to cut back on natural gas use in the wake of Saturday’s pipeline blast near Winnipeg.
One pipeline ruptured and two others were damaged and removed from service. Those lines provide the main supply of natural gas to more than 100,000 Xcel Energy customers in northwestern Minnesota, eastern North Dakota and western Wisconsin.
The freezing temperatures, combined with the sudden limit on energy for Xcel Energy Consumers, will urge a lot of households to find more ways to keep themselves safe, which includes finding reputable siding contractors in Minneapolis to help them protect their house better.
The harsh winter weather is sure to make an impact on your siding, so it is important to check the condition of your siding once the weather has eased up. Signs that tell you to change your siding immediately include warped siding, sagging wallpapers, and mold and mildew on your siding.
If you find these signs in your home, a viable option for you is to call trusted Minneapolis siding contractors like Twin Cities Siding Professionals and have fiber cement siding installed in your house. These siding are a natural against weather extremes and are extremely durable. Siding of this variety also requires little maintenance, which is a definite plus.
The cold weather will put a lot of pressure on a lot of houses, and efficient siding that can help protect the house from the cold can go a long way.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Closed schools and cool homes as Big Chill sweeps through Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 26, 2014)