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November 2019

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In This Issue:

Insulation: How Much Is Too Much?

Spending Quality Time with Friends & Family

Hearing Safety: Home, Work & Play

Recipe: Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops

Read on and don't forget to share with your friends and family.

When it comes to energy efficiency and keeping your home cool in the summer, and warm in the winter, insulation is one of the biggest contributing factors. It may not look high-tech, but insulation is designed to provide a barrier between your home and the outside temperatures - something the wood your home is built with can't do on its own. Not enough, and you’ll be cranking the heat all winter to keep the pipes from freezing. Too much, and your attic is at risk for mold and mildew growth, or even rot. So, how much is enough, and how much is too much?

Because insulation comes in several different forms, and is measured by an R-Value that differs with each type, there is no straightforward answer to “how much is too much?”

The R-value is the insulation’s resistance to conductive heat flow, so the higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is at blocking heat flow. If you’ve picked an insulation with a low R-value, you may need to apply more than if you select a higher R-value.

The amount of insulation you need can also depend on climate. For instance, a resident in Alaska will need more insulation than a resident in Florida. Thicker insulation may seem like a good idea to decrease energy usage for every home, but increasing insulation is only helpful up to a certain point. It also must be installed completely and correctly to avoid mold and damage

to the roof, which can be frustrating and costly when thicker insulation has been used.

Determining the correct amount of insulation needed is based on so many individual factors that it is tough to make one blanket statement for all homes. If you find yourself overwhelmed at the options, working with a professional will ensure that the right amount of insulation is installed based on your home.

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With the school year in full swing and the busy holiday season arriving, often it can become difficult to spend quality time with friends and family, even if the later months of the year are for being with those you care about. Weeknights may be given away to after-school activities, and weekends are packed with holiday shopping and planning. If you find that you’re spending less time with your family rather than more, set some time aside or try these activities that can bring you closer together, even on the busiest days:

1.  Have breakfast or lunch together. You may not all be available for a family dinner each night, but setting your alarms and sitting down for breakfast together before everyone heads out the door for work and school can be just as fun. Just be sure to prepare the coffee, and sweet treats to encourage the children who like to hit the snooze button more than once. The same goes for friends - instead of working over lunch, head out of the office and meet up to get some fresh air and catch up.

2.  Exercise together. You don’t have to run a marathon, but a 15 minute walk or bike ride is good for both your body, and for unwinding or discussing each other’s days. If you’re having an especially busy day, even a lap around the block may lift your mood.

3.  Take a class together. If you’re finding that no one is ever home at the same time, maybe it’s time to bring them together elsewhere. Taking a painting, pottery or other art class with your friends or family members can help you get your creative juices flowing, while bonding over an activity you both enjoy. It also means you’ll always have at least one day each week to spend together, guaranteed.

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A loud concert or noisy workspace that leaves your ears ringing for many hours afterwards may not seem like a big deal every once in a while, but the truth is - this excess in sounds add up. Your sense of hearing is important for daily life, and while the music blasting through your headphones on your morning run won't have an effect on you today, you’ll start to notice a difference as you grow older. According to the CDC, “The effects of noise induced hearing loss can be profound, limiting your ability to hear high frequency sounds, understand speech, and seriously impairing your ability to communicate.”

The workspace is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to hearing safety, which is why there is such a large focus on occupational noise exposure for employers. If you work in an environment with continuous exposure to loud noises, be sure you are always wearing the protective gear provided by your employer. If you work independently with loud power tools, you can find hearing protection at almost any hardware store.

At home you may not have to worry about industrial noises or continuous power tool operation, but because we are surrounded by technology, we are also bombarded with noise from televisions, radios and other devices. Just as you’d make sure your children aren’t sitting too close to the screen, check on noise levels to make sure they aren’t listening at full volume.

When attending concerts or events, the same rules apply. If you think you’ll be near speakers or a stage, consider taking earplugs that allow you still enjoy the music without harming you. However, during other fun activities, the volume of noise may not be the biggest hazard. Hearing safety also extends to attentiveness - is the noise around you limiting your senses? If you’re out on a run or bike ride with headphones in, can you hear the cars around you? 

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Recipe Courtesy of: Taste of Home

Ingredients

·  3 tablespoons chopped onion

·  1 tablespoon chopped pecans

·  1 small garlic clove, minced

·  1/2 teaspoon butter

·  1/4 cup corn bread stuffing mix

·  3 tablespoons dried cranberries

·  2 tablespoons hot water

·  2 boneless pork loin chops (5 ounces each)

·  4 teaspoons red currant jelly, warmed

Directions

1.  In a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, pecans and garlic in butter until onion is tender. Stir in the stuffing mix, cranberries and water. Remove from the heat.

2.  Carefully cut a pocket in each pork chop; stuff with cranberry mixture. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 22-28 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Brush with jelly.

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