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Eco Minute October 20, 2015

It’s a great time to start thinking about preparing your home for the cooler weather to come.  One source of air leakage in your home is through electrical outlets and switchplates and fixing this is easy.  Look for outlet or insulation gaskets at your home or hardware store and follow the simple directions to install them.  If you have a water heater storage tank, be sure it is insulated, especially on the top.  Even better is a point-of-use tankless heater.  When installed where they will be used, in the kitchen or baths, they only need to supply hot water for the fixtures in that one room and they can be efficient, cost effective and green.  If you have outside faucets and pipes, be sure to drain and insulate them – we don’t have a lot of subfreezing days, but it only takes one.  Be sure you have the right amount of insulation in your attic.  

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.