October has come and gone and Thanksgiving, Christmas and a brand new year are just around the corner.

Heating and cooling costs are up 400 percent in the last decade, according to the Association for Better Insulation. You may think that insulating should be the first step in making your home more energy efficient, but air leaks through the ceiling, walls, foundation and other areas typically are the greatest sources of heat loss in a home. In this month’s issue, you’ll learn how you can improve comfort and save up to 30 percent on your energy bill by sealing gaps, cracks and drafts.

With the holidays just around the corner chances are good that you will be doing lots of cooking and reheating lots of leftovers with your microwave. With that in mind, if your microwave oven is more than fifteen years old it should be checked for output efficiency and radiation leakage. We have some simple tips that will help you make sure that your microwave is safe and that none of your leftovers are cold.

November and December are traditionally busy months for travel, much because of holiday gatherings in faraway places. In addition, retirees find themselves seeking a warmer climate to ease their aching bones. Whether leaving your home for a long Thanksgiving weekend or for an extended season of sunshine, there are steps that you can take that will minimize the risk of damage to your home when you're not there.

Speaking of 'aching bones', back pain got you down? In this issue of On The House Express, America's Most Popular Personal Trainer Karel Nunnink has some great advice on how to improve your posture, strenthen your core and eliminate back pain.

Plus, we’ve got some great tips on how to deal with a gooey oven, leaking refrigerator seals and how to remove stubborn adhesive stickers.

Finally, don’t forget to move your clocks forward AND change batteries in all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. This is especially important as we enter the home heating season when house carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires rise dramatically.

Happy Turkey Day and here's to staying warm in winter. We have lots of blessings and much for which to be thankful -- our health, our families, our friends and you.

  Morris and James Carey

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Microwave Oven Safety

Microwave ovens for home use took off in the early '70s and since have become an essential part of the American kitchen. Unfortunately, microwave-cooking technology was in its infancy then. Significant improvements in convenience and safety have been made in the last ten years.   Read more...

When You're Not Home For The Holidays ...

November and December are traditionally busy months for travel, much because of holiday gatherings in faraway places. In addition, retirees find themselves seeking a warmer climate to ease their aching bones.   Read more...

The Many Uses of Baking Soda

With all of the cleaners that are available on the market today it's hard to tell which one is best for what cleaning project. The wide range of chemicals used in general purpose cleaners makes reading the label a must, not only to prevent damage to what's being cleaned, but for safety as well.   Read more...

KAREL’S KORNER: Posture and Core Strength

by Karel Nunnink
According to the Mayo Clinic, 1997:  85% of all Americans have some sort of back aliment.  It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when!
To strengthen for proper posture, you first need to strengthen for stabilization.  Training for mobilization will only strengthen for mobilization.  In other words, doing crunches and strengthening abdominal muscles through certain range of motion, does not necessarily help maintain a good day-to-day posture.   Read more...

On The House November Calendar

November 03
Interview w/Paige Rense, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest
November 10
Interview w/the folks at Therma-Tru Doors
November 17
November 24
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

OnTheHouse Events Keep checking out our website www.OnTheHouse.com for more features & events throughout November:

In The Kitchen with Dom DeLuise

Here are some of Dom's best recipes for you and your family to enjoy over the next month!

Grandkids Favorite Peanut Butter & Jelly Treat — Don't forget to keep a glass of milk handy when you're enjoying this one!

Apple Turnovers — These will make you turnover with joy!

Hearts of Palm Salad — Your heart will surely enjoy this delicious salad.

Halloween Pumpkin Cake — Get your belly ready for halloween!

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