Winter isn’t coming, it’s already here.
Not only is it cold outside, you get to top it off with a big fat heating bill from the utility company.
The good news? It won’t stay winter forever.
More good news? You can save money on your heat bill by focusing on these two weak spots in your home.
These two spots are where most of you energy gets sucked out: Windows and Doors.
But you can stop some of this fairly easily. Even if you’re not very handy. Let’s take a look.
The first thing that you will want to target is your windows.
If you have a bunch of money, the easy thing to do would be to replace your old windows with new energy efficient ones. But if you could do that, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article.
Fortunately, you can do a lot to your old windows to get the drafts to stop and start saving money.
You can start by reglazing your windows and working on the hardware to make sure that they are sealing tight. You also want to repair any cracks in the glass.
If that sounds a little too technical, go to the store and get some clear window covers. The kind that looks like a giant piece of saran wrap. These are easy to install and they are effective.
Again, if you had a million dollars, you could buy new doors that sealed tightly. If you don’t, you can still stop a lot of the draft. Check all around the door seal to feel where the air is coming in.
Many times, you can feel quite a draft from the bottom of the door if its not sealed correctly. You can buy seals and weatherstrips for the bottom of the door. If that’s not an option, the cheapest way to deal with it is to stick a rolled up towel in front of the door.
Windows and doors are the main culprit when it comes to letting out the nice warm air that you paid so much to heat. You can save money on your bill by keeping that air from escaping using a few simple tricks.
Not only will you save money, but your home will be more comfortable without cold drafts blowing across your living room.
Have you ever thought “I need a hobby. . .” Well, you were right! So we are here to help you find one with this great list of hobbies to pick up along with resources to help you get started.
Hobbies have proven to be very beneficial to people. They give you time to relax and to do things that you enjoy doing. Having a specific hobby has also helped many people to make new friends, keep the brain sharp, and even make money in some cases.
Hobbies to Keep Your Brain Sharp
Some hobbies are better than others to make you problem solve and to think. These are especially important as you age. Some hobbies that are best for keeping your brain sharp include:
* Puzzles, crossword puzzles, and brain teasers
* Card games like bridge and solitaire
* Learning how to draw and paint
* Learning how to play a musical instrument
* Playing chess
* Learning a new language
* Participating in trivia games
Hobbies for the Family and Kids
Certain hobbies are perfect for you to do with your family. They allow you to bond better with your loved ones and get to know them better. Hobbies that are best in ensuring you have a strong relationship with your loved ones include:
* Making model planes and trains
* Building with Lego
* Magic tricks
* Kite flying
* Going to zoos
* Playing with remote control cars
* Swimming and playing in pools
Hobbies for Adventurous People
It’s important to get out and get some exercise. Certain hobbies can help you to do that. Getting yourself outdoors can be very relaxing as you will see the beautiful scenery that surrounds you every day that you just don’t seem to have time to notice. For the adventurous, some of the key hobbies to help you get the needed exercise and relaxation include:
* Running, biking, or walking through parks, neighborhoods, or mountains
* Playing baseball, softball, or volleyball
* Traveling around the world
* Bird watching
Hobbies That Help You to Earn Money
Hobbies don’t just have to be something you do for enjoyment. Besides providing you with needed relaxation, there are a large variety of hobbies that provide you with money if you know how to advertise it right. Some of the most popular hobbies that provide people with the opportunity to earn money include:
* Blogging and writing
* Craft making like cards, candles, and soaps
* Graphic design
Hobbies for Collectors
Collecting objects that you find fascinating or that mean a lot to you brings you a sense of peace and relaxation. Having a set of something that is solely your own and something you worked hard to get brings a sense of joy to a person. Some hobbies that give that to you include, but are not limited to, collecting:
* Vintage or unique toys
* Sports memorabilia
Hobbies for the Crafter
Craft hobbies are very popular and provide a variety of benefits. Crafts bring a sense of relaxation and calmness to a person. With some crafts, it has been shown to increase their confidence. Some crafts that help people to do that include:
* Needle point
Hobbies for Stress Relief
Everyday life can be very stressful. Having a hobby to fall back on when things get hard and stressful is key to enjoying life. Some hobbies that provide stress relief include:
* Weight lifting
Hobbies provide people with so many benefits, and change us for the better. Here’s also a list of 5 collecting hobbies you could pick up. CLICK HERE. It’s important for humans to have something special we can do separately from our everyday, busy lives. So what’s your favorite hobby?
During a survival situation such as a hurricane, earthquake, etc. heat related illnesses can affect many people. Usually, most people think of fractures, concussions and wounds when expecting casualties. However, depending on your climate, suffering from heatstroke, etc. is a very real possibility.
If there’s a natural disaster and your power goes out, you may find yourself sitting in a home that has no electricity for fans, air-conditioning or even a fridge that may have cold drinks. If the weather is oppressive and humid, your home may become like a sweltering sauna.
You’ll be perspiring non-stop and may end up with a heat related illness. If you need to evacuate your home with your bug out bag and hike a few miles to the safe zone, the journey may exhaust you and make you faint. All these are very possible scenarios.
In this article we’ll look at 3 common heat related illnesses and explore how you can avoid them and/or treat them.
Heat exhaustion occurs when your body temperature is elevated to at least 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The symptoms you’ll see are dizziness, nausea, confusion, a weak but rapid pulse and a headache.
The moment you see someone suffering from heat exhaustion or you start feeling yourself having these symptoms, you need to immediately treat the problem before it escalates into a heatstroke which is much more serious.
Heatstroke can cause you to go into shock and even cause brain damage and organ failure. The casualty may be short of breath, start vomiting and developing a skin rash on the back, abdomen or chest.
The first thing you need to do is to IMMEDIATELY cool the body. Remove all the victim’s clothes, and place the victim in an area where they’re not exposed to heat, and away from direct sunlight. You’ll need to drench the affected person with lots of water and crushed ice. The cold water will help to dissipate the heat in the body.
If possible, place ice packs on the victim’s groin, under their armpits and on their neck. If you have towels, you can soak these in iced water and drape them on the victim. Bedsheets will do fine too.
In the event that you do not have electricity or access to ice, just pour water over the victim constantly and fan them. The wind blowing against their wet body will help to cool the skin to some degree.
Avoid giving the victim any kind of medication if they’re suffering from heat exhaustion. Instead you should ask them to take small sips of water so that they’re slowly rehydrated. This will be a slow process. It can take the victim more than a day to be fully rehydrated.
Usually, seniors are prone to fainting when it gets too hot. Should someone faint, immediately check if they have any head injuries. Lie the victim flat. Fainting caused by heat can be remedied once blood returns to the brain. By lying them down in a flat position, the blood will go to their brain and they’ll awaken in a short while.
Ensure that they lie down for about 30 minutes to recover. You may give the victim a sports beverage or a sweet drink so that they are rehydrated and they have a small blood sugar spike to make them feel better.
This usually happens when the body is lacking salt and water due to continuous perspiration from physical activity. Unlike heat exhaustion, it’s not the heat that causes the muscle cramps but the loss of fluid and salt from the body.
In the East, one remedy that’s used to treat this problem is to mix a teaspoon of salt and sugar in a glass of water and drink it. If you stopped to think about it, most sports beverages/isotonic drinks are basically just that. A way to replace the lost salt and electrolytes in your body.
Treat muscle cramps by drinking sports beverages or if you don’t have those, water with some salt will help too. Massage the affected area to improve blood circulation and relieve the pain.
The best way to prevent these illnesses from occurring is to stay hydrated and notice how you’re feeling. If the weather is hot, wear lightweight clothes. By recognizing the early symptoms, you’ll be able to take immediate action to mitigate the problem.
Keep an eye on children and seniors to see how they’re feeling. Make sure your family members inform you if they’re experiencing symptoms like light headedness dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, etc. With adequate warning, most heat illnesses can be prevented.
Just about anybody with some degree of common sense will realize that one should store food and water if preparing for a survival situation. While that is well and good, there are several other items that are very important too.
We’re so used to these items that it’s easy to overlook them and you’ll only realize their importance when you need them but don’t have them. This article will give you a list of items that you absolutely MUST hoard so that you have comfort during tough times.
During a crisis, your mental game needs to be on point. You’ll be amazed at how the little things start to matter so much. One example would be toilet paper. Could you imagine how stressful and inconvenient it would be if you ran out of toilet paper? What about dish-washing liquid? It’s these things that make a world of difference… And they’re so easy to overlook when prepping for an emergency.
Let’s look at the items. While this is not an exhaustive list, it contains items that are almost as important as food and water. You are always free to hoard more items. If you’re a smoker, even cigarettes might be an essential item that you need. You really don’t want to be suffering from withdrawal symptoms during an already stressful time.
This should be another no brainer, but think this one through. Matches and lighters each have their own pros and cons, so go with both.
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Mouthwash, toothpaste, sanitary pads, deodorant, diapers, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc. Keep an eye on the toiletries that you use daily or very often. You’ll still need these during a crisis. Store enough of them for your family and you.
Aspirins, band aids, iodine, baking soda, creams for insect bites, bandages, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, medications that you depend on, etc. During a crisis, infections can spread more easily. You may also be more susceptible to problems like indigestion, headaches, etc. The stress will wreak havoc on your immune system and open you up to more viruses. So, have a first aid kit that is well-stocked and ready to go.
While some preppers may hoard paper plates and plastic cups, generally it’s best to put aside some solid melamine plates and cups that can be reused. Anything that is disposable can and will run out with time. You may put aside some disposable utensils, but do have reusable ones that you can rely on since nobody can predict just how long a crisis may last.
Dishwashing liquid and detergent for your clothes are great to have too. In difficult situations, having clean clothes and clean dishes to eat from will give you some degree of comfort. These basic creature comforts will lift your spirits and give you the mental strength to keep going.
Steel wool is great to have. You can use it to wash dishes or start a fire. Speaking of fire, make sure you have fuel for your lamps because the electricity may be out. You may even wish to have a supply of candles and batteries for your battery operated lights and other equipment.
Besides the items mentioned above, there are several other items such as Vaseline, lip balm, insect repellant, sewing materials, tools, cable ties, paper towels, facial wipes, writing instruments, duct tape, super glue and many other items that will be very handy during a crisis.
It all depends on how much storage space you have, how important these items are to you and also your budget. You may need to slowly buy all these items over time. Do keep a record and see when to use these items by so that you can rotate your supplies.
It’s also worth noting that in a time of crisis, your supplies can also be used to barter with other people for items that you may need. So, it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Start storing your supplies from today and you’ll not be caught off-guard when an emergency strikes.