Beat the Heat:
Cool window solutions

Is the summer heat making you sweat at home? No matter your budget, and whether you prefer DIY or professional help, there’s a perfect solution to keep the summer heat outside where it belongs. Here are some smart and simple window solutions to keep your home cool and comfy.

Low-Tech Solutions
Blinds and shades: Affordable and easy to install, roller shades and Venetian blinds can block out the sun. Choose light-colored or reflective options for best results. Curtains and drapes: Blackout curtains and thermal drapes are excellent for keeping sunlight and heat out. They add style and function to your space.

Reflective window Film: DIY reflective films are a cost-effective way to block UV rays and reduce heat gain. Simply apply them to your windows for instant relief.

Exterior awnings: Provide shade and reduce heat gain with retractable awnings. They can be adjusted to block the sun while allowing airflow.

High-Tech Solutions
Low-E glass windows: These energy-efficient windows have a special coating that reflects heat, keeping your home cooler in the summer.

Smart glass: Also known as electrochromic windows, smart glass can change tint with a button press or automatically based on sunlight.

Motorized blinds and shades: Program these to open and close at specific times, maximizing efciency and comfort. Control them with your smartphone or voice commands.

Solar control window film: Advanced lms block UV and infrared radiation while allowing light to pass through, keeping your home bright and cool.

Classic Summer
Reads for Canadians

Looking for the perfect book to enjoy during those long summer days? Here are some classic and popular summer reads that Canadians love.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A gripping dystopian novel set in a totalitarian society, this classic explores themes of power, control, and resistance. Perfect for those who enjoy thought-provoking fiction.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Follow the extraordinary journey of Pi Patel as he survives a shipwreck and shares a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. This adventurous tale is both captivating and inspiring.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Revisit the beloved story of Anne Shirley, the imaginative and spirited orphan who finds a home in Prince Edward Island. A timeless read for all ages.

The Boat People by Sharon Bala
A powerful and timely novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation in Canada. It’s a compelling read that explores immigration and human rights.

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Set in rural Ontario, this beautifully written novel explores family dynamics, love, and the power of the past. It’s a heartfelt story that resonates with many.

The Outlander by Gil Adamson
A gripping tale of a young widow on the run in the Canadian wilderness at the turn of the 20th century. This novel combines adventure, survival, and a touch of romance.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A post-apocalyptic novel that weaves together the lives of survivors of a flu pandemic, exploring themes of art, memory, and the endurance of humanity.

Mix and Match:
Essential Ingredients for Homemade BBQ Sauces

Most BBQ sauces are crafted from just a handful of fundamental ingredients. Mix, match, and experiment with different ratios and additional flavors to achieve your favorite flavor profile. Happy grilling!

1. Ketchup or tomato sauce: Provides a base and sweetness.
2. Vinegar: Adds acidity and tanginess.
3. Brown sugar or honey: Balances flavors with sweetness.
4. Worcestershire sauce: Adds depth and umami.
5. Mustard: Offers tanginess and complexity.
6. Garlic and onion powder: Enhances flavor profiles.
7. Paprika or chili powder: Provides smokiness and heat.
8. Salt and pepper: Season to taste.

Sample combinations:

Classic BBQ: ketchup + vinegar + brown sugar +
Worcestershire sauce + garlic powder + paprika + salt + pepper

Honey mustard: mustard + honey + vinegar + garlic powder + salt + pepper

Spicy BBQ: ketchup + vinegar + brown sugar + Worcestershire sauce + chili powder + garlic powder + salt + pepper

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