Winter is approaching and in much of the United States, that means very cold temperatures, snow, and ice. Here in the upper Midwest, it gets particularly nasty: we had some amount of ice or snow on our driveway nonstop from October to April last winter. As a homeowner, this change in the season means one thing: what do I need to do to protect my enormous investment in this house from the brutal change in the weather and keep money in my pocket?