Eco Minute

Producer and Host

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist 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 since 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failures and she continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive.

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Eco Minute
10:54 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eco Minute July 18, 2014

Be An Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Disposable or cloth, incandescent or compact fluorescent, paper or plastic, desktop or laptop. If you have the choice between using a desktop or laptop computer, choose the laptop. Also, if it's time to upgrade to a new computer, consider a laptop.  Laptops draw only 15 to 45 watts per hour during regular use, as compared to the 60 - 250 watts used by a conventional desktop computer and monitor.

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Eco Minute
10:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eco Minute July 17, 2014

Be An Eco Hound
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If you do use a clothes dryer, try to minimize the amount of energy you use.  Separate your wet laundry by weight.  Dry towels and heavier cottons separately from lighter-weight clothes.  Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it, if you’re in the market for a new dryer; consider buying one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry.

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Eco Minute
10:43 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eco Minute July 16, 2014

Be An Eco Hound
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Hanging your laundry on a clothesline will save a lot of energy. The clothes dryer is one of the biggest energy users in your home, using anywhere from 6 – 10% of home energy use, coming in just after refrigerators and washing your clothes in hot water.  Hanging your clothes on a line instead of using the clothes dryer saves energy, money, wear and tear on your clothes, can connect you to the outdoors and might even help you meet your neighbors.  

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Eco Minute
10:40 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Eco Minute July 15, 2014

Be An Eco Hound
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Bring your own reusable bags to stores you patronize. This is the EM and I’m ES.

Few plastic bags are recycled and many end up in our waterways – it’s estimated that 80% of plastic bags floating in the oceans originated from land. These bags can trap fish, birds and other wildlife, or become lodged in their stomachs, killing an estimated 100,000 turtles and other marine organisms annually. 

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Eco Minute
4:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Eco Minute July 14, 2014

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More than a billion single-use plastic bags are given out freely every day. While they may be free at the stores, they are costing our earth in many ways.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  The production of plastic bags requires petroleum a non-renewable resource that increases our dependency on foreign suppliers.

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Eco Minute
11:35 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Eco Minute July 11, 2014

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The second biggest kitchen energy user is the stove and oven.  When cooking, use the appropriate size burner for the pot.  Keep the range reflectors clean to reflect up the heat.  New reflectors can save up to 30 percent of power.  Worn oven gaskets are almost as bad as baking with the door open.  

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Eco Minute
4:33 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Eco Minute July 10, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Regular incandescent light bulbs are inefficient, with 90% of their energy going to generate heat not light.  Changing out just one frequently used incandescent bulb for a compact fluorescent bulb can save an average of $30 or more in electricity costs over its lifetime and prevent more than 450 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Eco Minute
12:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Eco Minute July 9, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

The biggest kitchen energy user is the refrigerator.  Keep your refrigerator 38-40 degrees, and your freezer 3-5 degrees.  Clean the condenser coils on the back once a year. Make sure the door gasket seals tight. Test it by closing the door on a piece of paper and pulling it out. 

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Eco Minute
12:05 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Eco Minute July 8, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

The average home uses 30% of its energy in the kitchen.  The smallest appliance for the job is the most efficient one.  Use the microwave or a toaster oven for small jobs.  And multitask.  Use a Chinese steamer, for example, which can cook different dishes on different tiers simultaneously. Or be creative; cook your potatoes in the bottom of a double boiler while making a sauce or custard in the top.

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Eco Minute
11:54 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Eco Minute July 7, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Lower the temperature on your water heater.   You’ll still have hot water, but the heater will use less energy. Blanket your water heater, especially on the top.  But even better than a conventional water heater consider getting a tankless water heater. 

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