Keeping Cool: Best Hacks for Beating the Summer Heat

The summer months can be quite hot and humid. Even in the most northern parts of America, summer can be too hot to handle.Luckily all it takes to stay cool and breezy is a few hacks. This summer you can save money, be prepared and stay cool when you know how to hack yourself out of a heat stroke. Below are some of the best life hacks for keeping yourself cool during the summer.

Use A Ceiling Fan

If you have a ceiling fan, then you will be able to set your thermostat to a higher temperature and still be comfortable. A ceiling fan doesn’t reduce the temperature in the room, but the gentle breeze makes it more comfortable. Make sure the blades turn counter clockwise. Before getting into summer, make sure you wipe down blades for dust and change their direction. On extra hot days make sure your house is closed off and only circulating cold air.

Get Rid of Incandescent Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs are becoming a thing of the past, as more and more people are opting to switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Not only they use less energy than incandescent bulbs, but they also give off less heat. Therefore, you will have an easier time keeping your home if you make the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. When summer rolls around you’ll have a lot more daylight time as well. Turn off any lights your not using and open the blinds during the day. You can save a lot on electricity and keep you whole house a little cooler.

Use An Outdoor Grill
If you cook frequently with a stove or an oven, this will make your home a lot hotter. This why you should consider cooking with an outdoor grill. You can also use a toaster oven instead of stove or regular oven. A toaster oven will give off less heat, and still gives you a hot meal. Consider making cold meals that can store a long time as well. Bowls of pasta salad or even leafy salads will keep for most of the week and you only have to use the stove once.

Use Shades And Curtains
Shades and curtains can prevent unwanted heat from entering your home. It is estimated that you can reduce the temperature in your home by 20 degrees if you use curtains and shades. You can also lower your electric bill by up to seven percent. Install an awning over decks and patios and shade the hottest parts of the house with trees and shrubs. Cover the curtains in rooms you don’t use, and get a custom air conditioner cover to keep your appliances and house cooler.

Closed Unused Rooms
If you have rooms in your home you are not using, then you should definitely consider closing them off. Closing the doors helps prevent cool air from escaping your home. However, you may want to consider cracking opening a window at night since the temperature has a tendency to decrease at night during the summer months. This way you’ll be able to not run the AC as much.

The summer months are brutally hot in many places, but you can still keep yourself from cooking. Closing unused rooms, using shades and curtains, and using an outdoor grill will help keep your home cool. You can also use a fan to keep your home cool. Stay smart and stay safe. When you have a plan and know the hacks you can save a bundle on air conditioning and beat the heat this summer.

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Former Glory - Refreshing Your Garden

During the winter months we often have a habit of allowing our garden to become slightly neglected, but there’s definitely no excuse to avoid spring cleaning once the warmer weather returns. It won’t take too long to spruce up those outdoor areas and although a little effort will be required it should only take a few evenings or weekends to get your garden into shape.

A little hedge and lawn trimming, a clean sweep and some washing down can easily return your garden to its former glory.

Large areas first

Mowing the lawn and sweeping away any dead leaves should be first on your list before you take a broom to garden paths. If you do these tasks in reverse then you’ll simply have more to clean up in the long-run. Make sure your lawn is weed-free and some additional watering may be required if the ground is particularly dry. Mixing some slow-release fertilizer into your lawn is a good option to provide much needed nutrients after a long hard winter.


Trimming and pruning

Next up comes cutting back any overhanging tree branches, trimming those hedges and pruning fruit trees and shrubs. Remove any faded or dead flowers from plants, known as ‘deadheading’. Don’t be shy when undertaking any of these tasks as this is one of the best ways possible to bring your garden back to life. Remember to apply this to window displays and planters, and take a look at any bare patches with the intention of planting some new suitable flowers.

The final sweep

Sweeping up and washing down may seem tedious, but it’s an important step towards rejuvenating your outdoor area. Brush down and wash pathways, give greenhouse windows a spray with a hose and don’t forget the garden shed windows. Repair damaged fences and rake over gravel, and if you have a patio area sweep and wash it down at least once a month. If this is a spring clean after the winter season then a little more effort may be required depending on the condition and size of your garden.

New furniture

If the garden is looking bare or just needs an update, why not invest in some new furniture? Items such as table sets, some lighting, a few statues and even an ornamental pond can soon give your space a new lease of life. Most of these items are relatively inexpensive to purchase and good quality products can last for years with very little maintenance. You can decide which products would suit you best with a quick scan through some gardening guides.

A beautifully kept garden will provide a more welcoming atmosphere and will be some place you’ll look forward to spending a lot of time in. A little judicious effort now will provide you with a long-term reward throughout the year.

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Make a difference, be a #SuperEpic

One of the responsibilities involved in parenthood is to guide and harness the skills, talents and potentials of our children. Enrolling them in summer workshops or to involve them in some activities can help them develop their natural ability, additionally is to let them read inspiring books that can boost their aptitude and view of life. I am happy and grateful to be given a copy of this inspirational book, very timely for my sons age, a book full of encouragement and motivation to help teenagers become a #SuperEpic.

May powers ka to be #SuperEpic talks about leadership lessons from the fascinating and fantastic Super Heroes (Batman, Spiderman and more) coupled with biblical principles. Teenagers are full of dreams and energy, their idealistic attitude can turn into a realistic triumph which can make a great influence in their lives. We are living in exponential times, take advantage of the innovative technologies available nowadays and encourage them to start their own projects, develop their creative skills and share them through the world wide web. Today’s youth can excel in so many ways as communication in this era is easier with technology like internet that is accessible to everyone. Willingness and hard work can make the difference.

I definitely agree with the author that it does not matter if you are just an ordinary person because “Ordinary people can still do superepic things”.  Moreover, I would like to quote and share the beautiful bible message and additional lines from the book –

    Ecclesiastes 11:9-10
    You who are young, make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor.
    Follow the impulses of your heart. If something looks good to you, pursue it.
    But also know that not just anything goes;
    You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.
    Live footloose and fancy-free - you won’t be young forever.
    Youth lasts about as long as smoke.

    “Use potentials, make a difference, put something extra into your ordinary life. 
     Use your talents and skills for yourself and your family. 
     Trancend yourself and connect to a higher purpose.”

The book is comprised of only 104 pages, written in Taglish (Tagalog-English) which makes it so easy to read and comprehend.  The author’s humor appeal also add to make it an enjoyable reading material, thus I finished reading it in just one sitting.

This book in my own perspective is indeed highly recommended to the youth of today. A perfect gift for the newly graduates too. So, grab a copy now! 

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5 Steps to Assessing Your Neighborhood’s Safety

When it pertains to the well-being of your family and personal property, you can never be too safe. However, safety does not end with ensuring that you have the proper equipment and alarm system set in place for your home. While securing your property is essential, your neighborhood should be just as secure. Keeping burglars out of your home could potentially be done if you and your neighbors have a system in place that keeps them out of your neighborhood.

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Neighborhood Watch Program

Does the neighborhood you currently live in, or are moving into, have a neighborhood watch program? If not, you should suggest that this program be implemented. The purpose of this program is to reduce the crime that takes place in your neighborhood by working with the local law enforcement agency. Sometimes you will need to take surveys pertaining to the safety needs of the neighborhood. You and neighbors that have volunteered to help with the program will need to patrol the neighborhood at different times, reporting any suspicious activity that you see. The members of the neighborhood watch program will also come together to implement security precautions that the community should take.

Vacant Homes

Vacant homes in your neighborhood may not be something you can control, but you and your neighbors can take the vacant homes under your wings. A vacant home is very enticing to burglars and thieves; they look at the property as a place to hide out in, or somewhere that they can store stolen property. You should take it open yourself to keep an eye out on the vacant property, and report any type of suspicious behavior and activity to the local authorities, as well as the bank or real estate company that currently owns the vacant home. Remove any trash or items that have been in the home, and volunteer to keep the lawn manicured as well. You do not want to attract criminals to the home, or your neighborhood.

Home Security Systems

It is a fact that burglars are less likely to target a home that is secured with a home security system; therefore, if the homes throughout your neighborhood have home security systems installed, thieves are more likely to skip your community during their next attempted burglary. In addition to an alarm system, you should consider having your home monitored throughout the day. Burglars often target homes during the day while they believe the homeowners are away at work, and the children are at school. Take the time to research home security system providers in order to ensure you receive the best service, and a company that uses state-of-the-art equipment. When you choose a service provider, such as NorthStar alarm company, be sure to ask a representative what the best home security services for your neighborhood are.

Lighting Throughout the Neighborhood

It is important that there is enough lighting within a neighborhood; this has an impact on the crime that could take place. Neighborhoods that have a significant amount of lighting are least likely to be targeted by burglars. A study was done that stated crime decreased by 21 percent in neighborhoods where there was an adequate amount of lighting. Improve the lighting in your neighborhood to increase the surveillance capability, and to deter criminals from targeting your community.

Eliminate Hiding Spaces

Burglars seek out areas to hide in before they invade a home. These hiding spaces include shrubbery, yard furniture, and random spaces around the home. These spaces, along with random items around the home, are often used by burglars to shield themselves from illegally activity. Speak with your neighbors about keeping the shrubs in their yard low and properly maintained. Always encourage neighbors to keep the gates to their yards locked, and their windows or doors closed and locked as well.

Do you have a safety checklist in place to keep your neighborhood secure? How often do you meet with your neighbors and discuss community safety? Are your safety guides and practices up-to-date? Assessing your neighborhood’s safety should be just as important as assessing the safety of your own personal property. Use the assessments above to determine if the security systems, procedures, and policies that your neighborhood has in place are effective. Safeguarding your neighborhood should be a priority! 

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