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Eco Minute Agust 20, 2014

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Jem Sullivan
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It’s summer, it’s hot, and the electric bills are high.  If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, invest in one, it will lower your energy use and bills.  Set the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher for the most energy-efficient operation and use ceiling fans – it will feel 10 degrees cooler.  

Install shaded window film to block extra sunlight and reduce air conditioning costs.  Some states have tax incentives for you to do this. Keep drapes closed or add room-darkening shades to block out the heat from the sun – white ones will reflect back the heat.  You can shade the windows on the sunny side of your home by planting deciduous trees; the leaves screen the windows in summer and let the sun shine through in winter.     

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.