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Eco Minute October 15, 2015

It’s time to start thinking about getting your home prepared for cooler temperatures.  Inspect the exterior of your home to check for cracks or open areas around pipes and seal them. Check your doors and windows to see how well they fit.  Use weather-stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home and caulk windows.  Replace any cracked window panes.  In your home check where pipes, vents or conduits run through the walls or ceilings and fill any spaces with foam sealant.  Install any storm windows, and store your summer screens.  Check the roof flashing to be sure that water won’t come in the house.  Clean out the gutters and downspouts to clear them of debris.  Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from your home.  And check around your home’s foundation and remove any debris or vegetation and seal any cracks.    

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.