April 18, 2012 | Posted in: Hot Tips
Surprising news about some warm-weather staples.
It may prevent kidney stones. In a long-term study, Duke University doctors found that people who drank a daily mix of lemon juice and water had increased levels of urinary citrate (low levels are linked to stones). Avoid sugary, calorie-laden mixes and stick to ’ades made with real lemon juice.
It may make us fat. Before AC, we had to expend energy (and burn calories) to regulate body temperature; now it’s done for us. So turn off the air once in a while, open the windows and let your body do its job.
Don’t store uncut melon in the fridge: It may be healthier at room temperature. Why? Cancer-fighting carotenoids still develop after a melon is picked, but cold temps seem to slow the process.
HVAC Industry News
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Negotiations on a legislative solution to avoid the pending fiscal cliff continue between the White House and House Republicans. Yesterday House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) unveiled his “Plan B” approach that the House will likely vote on today. By piggybacking on a bill already in the pipeline, Boehner’s proposal can move quickly to the floor … Read More »
Maryland recently became the first state to recognize geothermal heating and cooling as a renewable energy source. This has many leaders in the geothermal industry hoping this helps serve as a motivator to the other 49 states. In April, Maryland’s general assembly passed The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard — Renewable Energy Credits — Geothermal Heating … Read More »
DALLAS — AT&T has announced plans for a new portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home automation and security monitoring services. Called AT&T Digital Life™, the services will enable users to do such things as change the temperature setting on their thermostat or lock a door from anywhere using any web-enabled device — PCs, tablets, and smartphones … Read More »