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Eco Minute October 13, 2015

Getting ready to spruce up your home? Check your windows.  Installing high-performance windows will improve your home's energy efficiency. While it may take many years for new windows to pay off in energy savings, the benefits of added comfort and improved anesthetics and functionality may make the investment worth it to you and there might also be tax incentives. Many window technologies are available that are worth considering.  Efficient windows with two or more panes of glass, improved framing materials, and low-e coating(s), will help keep heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer.  Can’t manage new windows, consider adding storm windows.   But be sure you have adequate weather-stripping and caulking - a small leak around windows, electrical receptacles and pipe and wire entry points is the same as keeping your window open and will make your air conditioner work harder and longer and waste energy and money.  

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.