If you're still wanting to get fresh fruits, blueberries, peaches and cherries are still in season this week at the North Union Farmers Markets. But what's the most "appropriate" dish to make this week? Ratatouille! (Pronounced Rat-ah-TOO-ee.) This casserole layered with zucchinis, eggplant, yellow squash, tomato and onion is the perfect fresh, baked dish for this hot summer heat!
And next week... get ready for NUFM's pride and glory: GARLIC!
The pinnacle of summer is here... it is HOT out! So, if you have air conditioning, chances are that it is running at full blast. Be sure to seal your heating and cooling ducts to save energy! Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent- and sometimes much more.
Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic,crawlspace, unheated basement, or garage. Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts. After sealing the ducts in those spaces, wrap the ducts in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer o r cold in the winter. Next, seal ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house.
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