The Grand Portage Reservation is at the northeastern tip of Minnesota. The Air Quality Program has many ongoing projects in order to maintain healthy indoor and outdoor air. These projects include monitoring for regional haze and particulate matter, indoor air quality, invasive plant removal, public outreach, environmental education, alternative energy, and climate change.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

An Easy Way To Save Energy And Reduce Mold

The chill in the air the last few mornings has got me thinking about getting ready for winter and how much propane I will use. With prices rising to the stratosphere there are some easy steps you can take to help save energy and money.

On many homes both new and old you will see condensation running down the inside of windows in the winter. Often this can lead to mold growth and even rot the window frames. But an easy and inexpensive solution to this is to use a plastic film window insulating kit on the inside of the window. This extra layer of insulation keeps the surface of the plastic above the dew point so moisture will not condense out of the air onto the film.

Also it is a good idea to replace worn out weatherstripping and caulking around the house. If you heat with wood be sure your chimney is clean and leak-free, and do not dry large amounts of wood in the house. Wood bark can contain a variety of mold types, and combined with the moisture given off from the drying wood can create mold problems elsewhere in the house.

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