Enid Sisskin

Eco Minutes Producer and Host

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.

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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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Eco Minute
12:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Eco Minute July 3, 2014

Eco Minute
Credit Jem Sullivan

It’s the July 4th weekend and if you are staying in a hotel or motel, consider reusing your towels and sheets during your stay.  Many hotels and motels have cards that allow you to let them know you want to participate in their green lodging program. 

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Eco Minute
12:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Eco Minute July 2, 2014

Eco Minute
Credit Jem Sullivan

To save energy, listen to your mother - if you turned it on – turn it off.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Enid Sisskin’s daughter, Brynna Hoggard. 

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