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
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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
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
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.
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.
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
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
1 small garlic
1/4 cup corn bread
2 tablespoons hot
2 boneless pork
loin chops (5 ounces each)
4 teaspoons red
currant jelly, warmed
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
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
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