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Jul 23rd

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Do ceiling fans save energy in our homes?

Do ceiling fans save energy in our homes?Yes, ceiling fans can help save energy—but only in the summer.

A ceiling fan during hot, sticky days creates a wind chill effect that will make you feel more comfortable in your home, even if it's also cooled by natural ventilation or air conditioning. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort. In temperate climates, or during moderately hot weather, ceiling fans may allow you to avoid using your air conditioner altogether. A ceiling fan is recommended in each room that needs to be cooled during hot weather. Ceiling fans should be turned off when you leave a room; fans cool people, not rooms, through the wind chill effect.
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Beat the heat, conserve energy, save money, and stay cool

Beat the heat, conserve energy, save money, and stay coolAs the heat and humidity of summer arrives, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources shares tips to provide consumers with the secrets to help keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce utility bills.
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The pen is mightier than the sword

My daughter recently had an on-going issue with a local government agency. Despite her repeated phone calls and several in-person visits (including one with the director), she did not receive any attempts to resolve the issue. She then decided to put pen to paper and write a letter to the director and copy key local government representatives. The very next day she received a call from the director acknowledging receipt of the letter and asking her to come in to meet. The director indicated that she was now taking personal responsibility for her case, and once the issue was resolved, she would follow up in writing to her as well as the state reps that she copied. My daughter's case is one of many that indicate that the pen is still mightier than the sword.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident

There are some truths that are evident to all, and one of them is that all men are created equal. This week America celebrates a national holiday commemorating the drafting, signing, and approval of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of America and the African American people. This document later became the catalyst for other key documents including the Emancipation Proclamation, 13th amendment abolishing slavery, and the 15th amendment prohibiting the denial of suffrage based on race or colour. The Declaration of Independence along with these other document reinforced the self-evident truth that all me are created equal.
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Maximize and extend the beauty of roses with proper care

Maximize and extend the beauty of roses with proper careAlthough June is national rose month, gardeners can keep their roses healthy and blooming all summer long. Through proper care and a few simple strategies both existing and new roses can continue to look their best throughout the summer months – maximizing their beauty and enjoyment for all.
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Relationship fundamentals

Although I have previously written on the top of the pillars of a healthy relationship, I still get a lot of questions around the key ingredients needed to build a successful one. Successful relationships are built beyond the human eye. I believe that below the surface of every bond, the following key components must exist. These components are honesty, trust, intimacy, and communication. These 4 mainstays serve as the necessary support for all the other components needed for success and are the fundamentals for all relationships.
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Blended families 101

What is a blended family? In its most basic sense, a blended family is one where the parents have children from previous relationships but all the members come together as one unit. It is said that the blended family is now the predominant form of family and it is estimated that there are approximately 23 million blended families in the United States. However, as blended families become increasingly common, the definition of a blended family is changing. Understanding the basics of a blended family can be essential for ensuring that your family can embrace its strengths to work through its differences.
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