Device stops heat loss through your attic
A new device is designed to prevent heat from escaping your home in winter through turbine attic vents.
The Turbine Boss is a louvered damper that fits inside the vent assembly and closes automatically when the temperature drops to 40 degrees. That slows the loss of heated air that can be sucked from your living spaces into your attic through little cracks and openings on a windy day, particularly in an attic that's not well sealed.
Inventor Tom Clark said the device can reduce winter heat loss by 80 percent. An adjustable stop keeps the louvers from closing completely, so moisture can still escape, he said.
The damper opens when the temperature reaches 80 degrees, allowing the vent to exhaust hot air in summer. The louvers are controlled by a springlike coil that contracts in the cold and expands in the heat, so no power source is needed.
The Turbine Boss can be ordered for $29.95 plus shipping at www.TurbineBoss.com.
Tips to help keep food as nutritous as possible
Q: Do healthy cooks make as many mistakes in the kitchen as those who cook up unhealthy fried foods and heavy meals?
A: Cooking isn't rocket science, but there are mistakes many folks make that keep their foods from being as nutritious as they could be. Here is a sampling, from the people at Food Network Kitchens:
* Buying turkey burgers in place of 93 percent lean beef without reading the fat content. If the turkey burgers contain the skin, then they are often higher in fat than a beef patty.
* There is so little flavor in fat-free cheese that people end up grating up a mountain of the stuff just to generate the flavor they think they are getting. Use the real stuff; a little goes so far, and you know exactly what the ingredients are.
* Sugar provides many roles in the baking process, and using a sugar substitute in place of the real stuff just changes the taste, texture and the way your baked goods will look. Use real sugar in recipes and reduce the amount that the recipe calls for by a quarter. Generally, the baked good will come out just fine.
* Many cooks go bland when cooking healthy. They grill a chicken breast without seasoning, they forget to spice a stew or they make a low-fat sandwich without a bit of excitement. Here's a fix: Fresh thyme and rosemary go a long way, get saucy with basil leaves, kick it up with chili pepper, give it an Indian twist with cumin and turmeric or shred some ginger. For a sandwich, go for it with a spicy mustard, horseradish or cranberry relish. Healthy meals do not have to be bland.
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