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7 signs your home’s insulation needs to be replaced

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Insulation is essential for keeping your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer and dry all year long. Here are seven signs it’s time to replace yours.

1. Sounds travel
The insulation in your walls, floors, and ceilings should muffle all but the loudest noises in your home. If you can hear ambient sounds like the clicking of a keyboard or the dripping of a tap from another room, the insulation isn’t doing its job.

2. High energy bills
Inadequate insulation forces you to turn up the heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. A higher-than-usual energy bill is often the first sign that you need to replace your insulation.

3. Uneven temperatures
The temperature in your home should be consistent from room to room. If you have areas that are cooler or warmer than others, it’s an indication that there’s a problem with the insulation.


4. Cold surfaces
Walls, floors, and ceilings shouldn’t be cold to the touch. If yours are, it’s a sign that there isn’t enough insulation.

5. Condensation and mold
If you have mold on your ceiling, condensation on your windows, or damp walls and floors, it’s a sign that there’s too much humidity in your home. This may be due to poor insulation.

6. Pest infestations
Animals and insects can get into your home through gaps in your insulation. Additionally, they’re often attracted by mold and damage caused by water infiltration.

7. Freezing and ice
It isn’t normal for pipes to freeze or for icicles to hang from the edge of your roof. Both are signs that your insulation isn’t doing its job.

While it may seem like a big undertaking, replacing your insulation is a surefire way to make your home more comfortable and lower your energy bills.

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7 creative ways to reuse coffee grounds

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If you want to minimize the amount of waste you produce, don’t discard your used coffee grounds. While they can certainly be added to your compost pile, they have many other practical uses. Here are seven of them.

1. As a fertilizer. A small amount sprinkled on the soil will provide your plants some of the essential nutrients they need to grow. Plus, coffee grounds repel certain pests.

2. As a deodorant. Place a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge or elsewhere around the house to eliminate odors. You can even scrub your hands with them to remove the smell of garlic and onions.

3. As a dish cleaner. The coarse texture of coffee grounds makes them a natural abrasive that can be used to remove stuck-on food from pots and pans.


4. As an exfoliant. Mix coffee grounds with a bit of water or coconut oil, and gently scrub your face and body with it to help remove dirt and dead skin cells.

5. As a seasoning. You can use coffee grounds as a dry rub for almost any cut of meat. Apply it a few hours before cooking to tenderize the meat and enhance its flavor.

6. As a scratch concealer. Create a paste made with coffee grounds and water, and use a cloth to rub it into scratches on dark brown wood furniture. This will help hide imperfections.

7. As a natural dye. When soaked in water, coffee grounds can be used to color fabric, paper, or yarn. Adjust the amount of water or apply several coats to get the shade you want.

With so many options, go ahead and brew yourself another cup!

 

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4 factors to consider when buying a magnifying glass

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A magnifying glass can make it easier to read books, solve puzzles or enjoy a variety of other hobbies. Here are four things to consider when choosing one.

1. Lens size. The magnification power of a magnifying glass’s convex lens depends on its size and curvature. The smaller the lens and the greater the curvature, the larger objects will appear.

2. Intended use. If you only need it on occasion, such as to read a menu, a hand-held magnifying glass will do the trick. For more frequent use with brief tasks, consider a magnifying pendant. Otherwise, a tabletop magnifier (either with a stand or clip) is practical for prolonged, hands-free use.

3. Portability. A pocket magnifying glass is preferable for use outside the home, as it can easily fit in a pocket or bag. Opt for a folding model, which has the added benefit of protecting the lens when it’s not being used.


4. Weight. Hand-held magnifying glasses can be difficult to hold for extended periods of time. Be sure to look for a lightweight model. Furthermore, keep in mind that while a built-in light is a practical feature, it’ll also make your magnifying glass heavier.

To ensure you find a magnifier that suits your needs, test out a variety of options in-store. For even stronger magnification, consider getting a digital magnifying device.

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5 areas to modernize in your kitchen

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Does your kitchen look like it’s from another decade? Unless you’re going for a vintage esthetic, it’s time to bring the space into the 21st century. Here are five ways you can modernize the appearance of your kitchen.

1. Flooring
As a gathering place in your home, the kitchen floor gets a lot of wear. If yours is faded, scratched, or stained, you have two options. Either you can repair it — swap out cracked tiles or sand and varnish hardwood — or replace the entire surface. To help you make a decision that suits your needs and budget, seek advice from a professional.

2. Paint
Whether the colors in your kitchen are outdated or the walls have faded over time, a fresh coat of paint is an affordable way to breathe new life into space. Consider repainting the cabinets as well as the walls. You can easily add a modern flair to your kitchen by choosing a second, bolder color for the island or lower cabinets.

3. Countertops
Even if the material is timeless, years of preparing meals on them can leave kitchen countertops looking a little worse for wear. Replacing them with a pristine surface can instantly change the look of the room. Visit specialized stores in your area to discover the wide range of materials, colors, and textures available.


4. Appliances
The stove top, oven, and range hood, along with the fridge, microwave, and dishwasher, are focal points in a kitchen. If yours are scratched, mismatched, or outdated, consider selling or donating them, so you can invest in newer models. To get the most out of your purchase, be sure to select Energy Star certified appliances or smart devices.

5. Decor
A variety of accessories can be used to transform the look of your kitchen in the blink of an eye. Visit local home decor shops to find curtains, blinds, mirrors, light fixtures, and more to provide the wow effect you want. Smaller items such as island centerpieces and plants can be rotated with the seasons to freshen up space every few months.

From upgrading the sink and faucet to replacing cabinet hardware and installing a new backsplash, there are plenty of ways to modernize your kitchen. For best results, enlist the help of an interior designer.

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5 strategies to ward off squirrels

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Squirrels are agile creatures that like to snack on seeds and dig up flower bulbs. This can make them quite a nuisance for gardeners. If you want to keep the squirrels in your area at bay, here are five tricks to try.

1. Plant bulbs at least six inches deep, and opt for species that squirrels tend to avoid such as daffodils, hyacinths, and fritillaries.

2. Cover your flower beds with chicken wire. This metal mesh will keep unwanted critters at bay without disrupting the germination of your seeds.

3. After planting, cover the soil with blood meal or chicken manure fertilizer. The odor repels squirrels and helps mask the smell of bulbs.


4. Grow aromatic plants that repel squirrels such as onion, garlic, and herbs. Scented geraniums (pelargoniums) and certain other fragrant flowers will also do the trick.

5. If you have a cat or dog, let it roam near your garden. Your pet’s presence, as well as the fur and scent it leaves behind, will serve as a deterrent.

Good luck!

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5 tips to reduce your digital carbon footprint

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Did you know that using the internet contributes to global warming? In fact, digital technologies are responsible for nearly four percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and this number is predicted to double by 2025. If you want to limit the environmental impact of your online activities, here are a few things you can do.

1. Change how you watch videos. Limit how often you stream shows, and download videos if you plan to rewatch them. Disable autoplay videos, and opt to use Wi-Fi rather than 4G, as this consumes less energy.

2. Adjust how you search. Bookmark web pages and use your browsing history to avoid repeating searches. You should also favor eco-friendly search engines such as Ecosia, which plants trees to offset its environmental impact.

3. Review how you store data. Save files, photos, and videos on USB flash drives or external hard drives whenever possible. This will limit your use of cloud computing, which relies on data centers that consume a lot of electricity.


4. Rethink how you use email. Rather than send large attachments to multiple people, provide a link to a file-sharing platform. You should also regularly clean out your inbox, as each email you store emits about 10 grams of carbon dioxide per year.

5. Modify how you power devices. Set your computer to go into sleep mode when it’s not in use, and turn off your devices at the end of the day. Lowering the brightness of your monitor can also save considerable energy and reduce eye strain.

In addition to shrinking your digital carbon footprint, you should also avoid creating electronic waste. Only replace your devices if they’re broken and beyond repair, and make sure to recycle old electronics at a drop-off location in your area.

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4 tips to help your child overcome a fear of water

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While fairly common among young children, a fear of water can really put a damper on otherwise enjoyable activities like bath time, swimming, and going to the beach. If you want to help your child get over this fear, here’s some advice.

1. Talk it out. If your child is old enough to clearly express themselves, try to identify the source of their fear. This understanding can help guide your approach and allow you to offer more specific reassurance.

2. Get in with them. Whether it’s the bath or the ocean, this can go a long way toward helping your child feel comfortable in the water. Just make sure you or the person who accompanies your child isn’t also uneasy about swimming.

3. Make it fun. From playing with toys in the bath to blowing bubbles in the water at the pool to jumping over waves at the beach, there are plenty of ways to entice kids into the water. These activities can provide your child with a distraction from their fear.


4. Start with clear water. One common reason children are reluctant to go swimming is that they’re afraid something is lurking in the water. If this is the case for your kid, start by getting them used to swim in a pool rather than a lake or the ocean.

If none of these techniques work and your child seems overly anxious or frightened by water, consider speaking with a child psychologist.

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