Barbara "Babs" Costello

'Everyone's Grandmother' Babs Shares Some Useful Winter Tips And Tricks!

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By Melanie VanDerveer on December 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM EST

Barbara "Babs" Costello is "everyone's grandmother" on the Internet. She shares tips and hacks for pretty much everything from meal prep to choosing a Christmas tree to curing jet lag. A recent video shared on TikTok and Instagram helps to explain some important things to do when winterizing your home, now that the winter season is upon us.

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Barbara "Babs" Costello
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Babs Gives Tips To Properly Winterize Your Home

"Hey everybody, it's Babs," she starts her video off. Her husband yells, "And Mr. Babs holding the ladder." She then begins explaining some of the necessary things that need to be done while winterizing your home. "Did your mom or dad ever tell you either prepare now or pay later?" she asked. "Do you know how to winterize your home? We're here to help."

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Babs first starts outside the house with the gutters for tip number one. "After all the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters. This will prevent water damage to the interior or exterior of your home," she explained. "And if your gutters are easy to reach and you can do it yourself, just use a spaghetti spoon. It'll collect the leaves and drain the water."

Tip number two focuses on the main water source to the outside of the house. "Make sure you shut off the main water source to the outside. Once you do that, remove the hose, righty tighty, lefty loosey, and then drain any remaining water," she explains while demonstrating. "This will prevent a burst pipe and huge plumbing bill. Hoses inside."

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Barbara "Babs" Costello
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Babs' third tip is about replacing furnace filters. "This will prevent super high energy bills," she said. "Clean filter can save you 15 percent on energy costs." She shows her current filter, which needs to be replaced, and then a new one so followers can see the difference.

The last winterizing tip is reminding people to check the batteries in smoke detectors. "Good time to check the batteries on your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors," she reminds everyone.

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Babs Teaches Her Followers New Things Often

Many of Babs' followers took to the comments to share their thoughts about learning something new. One follower wrote, "I had no idea you had to change your furnace filter." Another person added, "Well that's the first time I've ever heard of a furnace filter. Guess I gotta check that one out!"

Many viewers took note that "Mr. Babs" had a cameo in this video. "NEW CHARACTER UNLOCKED 🔓 Hi, Mr. Babs 🥰," said one follower. "Aww Mr. Babs! Now he has to be in more videos! ❤️," another wrote.

Other followers dropped into the comments to thank Babs for always teaching them new important things. "I love you guys. Thank you for teaching me things I have never been taught," one said, and another added, "You truly teach me so much as a new mama/1st time home owner. Thank you kindly. 🥰"

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Babs Shares Important Adulting Information But Also Shares Fun Tips

In a recent video, Babs shares some tips for "wintertaining." She goes over the five "T's" of "wintertaining" to help make entertaining during the winter holidays a bit easier.

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"Number one: Turn down the heat. Number two: Turn on the lights," she began her tutorial. "Number three: Turn up the music. Number four: Turn up the holiday scent with my homemade potpourri." Babs then demonstrates creating her homemade potpourri, recipe and all! "Number five: Make sure you turn up in Talbots."

Barbara "Babs" Costello
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