Say Goodbye To Mildew And Save Energy: Agent's Guide

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Say Goodbye To Mildew And Save Energy: Agent's Guide
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FactSheetEES-64 July1991 SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide1 VirginiaPeart2INTRODUCTIONEnergyconservationhashadlittleemphasis duringthepasttenyearsorso;however,duringthe stressfulperiodofthe1970swhenpoweroutages occurredtherewasaflurryofactivitytoproduce educationalmaterialsforapubliceagerforguidance intheirconservationefforts.Asaresult,fewofthe consumerpublicationssoughttoinvolvetheir intendedaudienceinwhat"conservation"really shouldbe.Theintentisnotforpeopletolosethe servicetheenergywasprovidinginanyparticular case,butrathertoprovidetheserviceequallywell withtheleastexpenditureofenergy. Energyconservationguidelinesforair conditioninguseweredevelopedinthemidwestern andnortheasternstateswherehumiditylevelsarelow muchoftheyear.InFlorida,theapplicationof guidelinesthatemphasizesuchtechniquesas nighttimeventilation,higherthermostatsettings,and ceilingfanusecanleadtoproblemswithmildew, corrosion,odordevelopmentandcleaningproblems. TheresultforFloridianshasbeenconfusionandloss tomildewandothermoisturerelateddamage. Repainting,refinishingandreplacingmildewand moisturedamagedfurnishingsandhouseholditemsis costlyinenergyterms,becauseenergyisconsumedby theseprocesses. Morerecently,wehavecometorecognizethe problemofsolidwastedisposal.Reductionof unnecessarywasteandassociatedenergycostscanbe promotedbyprotectingahomeandfurnishingsfrom mildewandmoisturedamage. Preventingmildewandmoistureproblemsissafer andmoreenergyefficientthantherepetitiveclean-up processwithhazardouschemicalsthatisrequired whenmoisturemanagementismisunderstoodor neglectedandmildewoccurs. Thetwocompanionlessonsaredesignedtohelp bothyear-roundFloridaresidentsandthoseseasonal residentswhogonorthforthesummer.PURPOSEToprovideFloridaresidentsinformationonboth directandindirectwaystoconserveenergywhile providingairconditioningcomfortandprotectionof theirhomesfrommildewandothermoisturerelated problems. 1.ThisdocumentisFactSheetEES-64,aseriesoftheFloridaEnergyExtensionService,FloridaCooperativeExtensionService,InstituteofFood andAgriculturalSciences,UniversityofFlorida.Publicationdate:July1991. 2.VirginiaPeart,AssociateProfessorandExtensionHousingSpecialist,HomeEconomicsDept.,CooperativeExtensionService,InstituteofFood andAgriculturalSciences,UniversityofFlorida,GainesvilleFL32611. TheFloridaEnergyExtensionServicereceivesfundingfromtheFloridaEnergyOffice,DepartmentofCommunityAffairsandisoperated bytheUniversityofFlorida'sInstituteofFoodandAgriculturalSciencesthroughtheCooperativeExtensionService.Theinformation containedhereinistheproductoftheFloridaEnergyExtensionServiceanddoesnotnecessarilyreflecttheviewsoftheFloridaEnergyOffice. TheInstituteofFoodandAgriculturalSciencesisanequalopportunity/affirmativeactionemployerauthorizedtoprovideresearch,educational informationandotherservicesonlytoindividualsandinstitutionsthatfunctionwithoutregardtorace,color,sex,age,handicap,ornational origin.Forinformationonobtainingotherextensionpublications,contactyourcountyCooperativeExtensionServiceoffice. FloridaCooperativeExtensionService/InstituteofFoodandAgriculturalSciences/UniversityofFlorida/ChristineTaylorStephens,Dean

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page2CONTENTThistraininghasbeendesignedintwo components.ComponentI"SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy," encompassesindoormoisturemanagementtechniques forthepermanentFloridaresidentthatwillresultin energyconservationandthepreventionofmildew growth.ComponentIconsistsofatransparencyset forpresentationandparticipant'sfactsheetthat reviewstheinformationpresented.ComponentII"ClosingYourFloridaHome,"provides instructiontoseasonalresidentsorthosetakingan extendedleavefortheproperprocedureinpreparing theirhometobothpreventmildewgrowthand conserveenergyduringtheirabsence.ComponentII usesavideoforpresentationthatisaccompaniedby theparticipant'sfactsheetEES-66 ClosingYour FloridaHome.COMPONENTI-SAYGOODBYETOMILDEW ANDSAVEENERGY IntroductionThetransparencymastersetpresentsinformation aboutmildewandmildewgrowthconditions,indoor moisturesourcesandstepstodecreaseindoor moistureproductionandproceduresthatcanbeused topreventmildewgrowthindoors.Attentionis broughttoenergyconservationatappropriateplaces inthescript.Thescriptandtransparencysetcanbe customizedtoyourcountyorcustomizedto accommodateaparticularaudienceortime-frame.ToCustomizeFromthemapprovided,selectaweatherstation nearestyourcountyandusethecorresponding transparenciesandscript(#16and#19).SupplementalSectionsSectionsonchemicalmildewinhibitors, desiccants,mildewcleaningproductsandcorrosion maybeincorporatedintothepresentationifdesired. Ifthesesectionsareused,beginatslide29,omitting slide29,insertdesiredsectionorsectionsandfinish withslides33and34.Also,ifthesesectionsareused, displays(suggestionsfollow)andacorrosionboard maybeusefulforexamplesanddemonstration.SuggestedAudiencesThematerialsforthislessonareappropriatefor neworpermanentFloridaresidentsandmight include: Membersofahomemaker'sclub. Participantsfromotherclasses. Homeeconomicsclassesinpublicschools, collegesortechnicalschools.AdvertisingandMarketing Afeaturearticleinthelocalnewspaper. Includeacourseannouncementatnewcomer's clubsortheChamberofCommerce. Thecountylibraryisanexcellentadvertising location,especiallyifthereisalargeretiree populationinyourcommunity. Advertisethroughyournewsletterorflierand newspaperannouncements. Radioannouncementscanbeusedtoadvertisean upcomingprogramorserveaspublicservice announcements.RadioAnnouncements"SmartTips"canbeusedtopublicizeprograms andmaterialsonmildewcontrolandenergy conservation.Suggestedannouncementsare: "Mildewandmoistureproblemscanbe managedinenergyefficientways.The following"SmartTip"isbroughttoyouby (yourname),your(County)CountyExtension HomeEconomist."TipsChooseformthesethreesmarttipsormakeup someofyourown. KeepingyourhomeCLEANANDDRYisyour bestdefenseagainstmildewgrowthanddamage.

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page3 Thereare3mildewhotspotsinFloridahomes. Theyarethebathroom,thebedroomandclosets. Useenergyefficientmethodstocontrolmoisture andmildewproblemsinthesemildewhotspots. Openingwindowsanddoorscanfrequentlyadd tomildewgrowthandmoisturedamageinFlorida homesandincreaseenergyuse. Endwith:Contactyour(County)County CooperativeExtensionOfficeaboutaprogramand informationtohelpcontrolmildewandsaveenergy.PreparationfortheLessonThelessonleadershouldbethoroughlyfamiliar withtheinformationpresentedinthescriptandthe participant'sfactsheets. Selectappropriateweatherslidesandscriptfor yourareabydeterminingwhichweatherstationis closesttoyourcountyorcityfromthemapthat follows. Decideifsection(s)onchemicalmildew inhibitors,desiccants,mildewcleaningproductsand/or corrosionwillbeused. Usingthetransparencymasters,produce transparencyoverheads.Thetransparencystshould bereviewedandthescriptread.Timethisprocedure, beingsurethepacewillallowenoughtimeforthe participantstoabsorbthematerialandaskquestions withoutthelessonbecomingslow. Makecopiesofthequestionsheetandevaluation form.TheLesson ObjectiveParticipantswilllearnhowtocontrolindoor moisturewithoutexcessiveenergyuse,andthereby preventmildewgrowthanddamagetotheirhomes. Participantswillalsolearnwheretoobtain informationtocleanmildewgrowthifpresentlyfound intheirhomes.Presentation IntroductionWelcometheparticipantsandgivetheman overviewastowhattheycanexpectoftheprogram. Inyourpresentationyouwillcover: Whatismildew?Whatmakesitgrow? Howtopreventmildewgrowth. Whymoistureistheculprit. Whymoisturegetshighinyourhome. Whentouseventilationorairconditioning. Easilyunderstoodfactsabouthumidityand weatherinyourpartofFlorida. Howfurnishingsinyourhomecanaddto moistureproblems. AndsomeimportantHow-Tosforpreventing mildewproblemsinbathrooms,closetsand bedrooms.IntroductoryQuestionsThequestionsheetcanbehandedoutaspeople comeintothemeetingoraftertheyareseated. Havethemmarktheiranswersbeforeyoubeingyour presentation.Youmaysaysomethinglike: "PleaseanswerthefollowingTrue/False questions.Don'tworryifyouareunsure abouttheanswers.Theprogramwillprovide explanationsforallofthequestions.Holdon toyourquestionsandwecandiscussthe answerslater."TransparenciesThescriptforthetransparencysetwilltake approximately30minutestodeliver.DiscussionFollowingthedelivery,gooverthequestions,and discusstheanswers.Askforadditionalquestions participantsmayhave.

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page4Handoutthefactsheetthataccompaniesthis program.Thiswillserveasareferenceforthe participantsuseathome.Gothroughthefactsheet tofurtherreinforcetheconceptslearned.Askfor commentsandquestions.EvaluationAskparticipantstofillouttheevaluationsheet. Thiscanbeprintedonthebackofthequestionsheet.QuestionSheetKey1.False.Mildewsporesareeverywhereanditis impossibletoridahouseofspores. 2.True. 3.False.Openingawindowcanbringinhumidair. Itwouldbebettertousetheexhaustfantopull conditionedairfromtherestofthehouse. 4.False.Mildewhotspotsarebedroom,bathroom andclosets. 5.True. 6.False.Condensingmoisturefromhumidaircan usemoreenergythanisneededtoreducetoair temperatureonly. 7.True.Becauseaircanholdmoremoistureasit warms,therelativehumiditygoesdowneven thoughtheactualamountofmoistureintheair isaboutthesame. 8.True. 9.False.AllFloridacountieshavesomenighttime lowshigherthan55degreesFbetweenthese months,thustheindoorRHcouldbeabove60 percent. 10.False.AtDewPoint75,airbroughtintoa homewouldbesaturatedwithmoisture. 11.True. 12.False.Mildewinhibitorsaretoxictohumans andpets.SupplementalMaterialsIfyouwishtoincludethesectionsonchemical mildewinhibitors,desiccants,cleaningproductsand corrosion,youmaywanttopreparedisplaysanda "corrosionboard"toemphasizeyourpresentation.UseofChemicalMildewInhibitorsThereisnoproductthatwillkillmildewand preventitsreturn.Keepingmaterialscleananddry isthebestdefenseincontrollingmildewgrowth. Theactiveingredientsinchemicalmildew inhibitorsaretoxicandareregulatedfungicidesas definedbytheFederalInsecticide,Fungicideand RodenticideAct.ByFederallaw,ANYONE using theseproductsmustadheretotherecommendations foruse.Inhalingtheirfumesmustbeavoidedand precautionsmustbefollowedtopreventunwanted exposuretohumansandanimals.Inaddition,some householdmaterialscanbedamagedbyexposureto chemicalmildewinhibitorfumes. Formoreinformation,seeH-99, ChemicalMildew Inhibitors.ShouldIUseThem?How?ChemicalMildewInhibitorDisplay Paraformaldehydeproducts. Paradichlorobenzeneproducts. CopiesofH-99 ChemicalMildewInhibitors. ShouldIUseThem?How?QuestionsQuestionsthatmaybeaddedtothequestion sheet: 1.Theuseofchemicalmildewinhibitorsareasafe andeffectivewayforpreventingmildewgrowth. 2.Stepsmustbefollowedtopreventtheescapeof fumesfromchemicalmildewinhibitorsintoareas wherepeopleoranimalsmaybecomeexposedto thesefumes. Key: 1.False.Fumesfromchemicalmildewinhibitors arepoisonous.Extremecautionandcaremustbe followedwhenusingchemicalmildewinhibitors. 2.True.

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page5UseofDesiccantsDesiccantsworkbyabsorbingmoisturefromair. Thesecompoundsareeffectiveonlyinsmall,wellsealedareas Silicagelandaluminacanabsorbmoistureupto approximatelyhalftheirweight.Theseproducts shouldbeplacedinanopencontainerandplacedon thefloororshelf.Oncetheseproductshavebecome saturatedwithmoisture,theycanbedriedinavented ovenat300degreesFandreused.Itshouldbenoted thattheseproductswillfeeldrytothetouchwhen saturated. Calciumchloridecanabsorbseveraltimesits weightinmoisture.However,asitabsorbsmoisture itliquifiesandcannotbereused.Thisproduct shouldbespreadoverascreenorsomeotherdevice thatwillallowtheliquidtodrainbelowthegranules. Cautionshouldbeusedwiththisproductascalcium chloridecandamagefabrics.(HE-3042 Howto PreventandRemoveMildew )DesiccantDisplay CalciumChlorideproducts. SilicaGelproducts. ActivatedAluminaproducts. CopiesofHE-3042 HowtoPreventandRemove Mildew.QuestionsQuestionsthatmaybeaddedtothequestion sheet: 1.AdesiccantplacedinamustyFloridaclosetcan beexpectedtodrytheclosetandstopmildew. 2.Desiccantscanprotecthumidity-sensitiveitems thatareenclosedinasmall,sealedspaceor container. Key: 1.False.Theamountofmoisturedesiccantscan absorbissmallcomparedtotheamountof moisturethatcanbeheldintheairandclothesin acloset. 2.True.UseofCleaningProductsWhencleaningmildew,itisimportantnotonlyto removemildewbutalsotoprotectthematerialsthe mildewhasbeenon.CleaningProductDisplay Isopropylalcohol,anybrand. Householdchlorinebleach,anybrand. Trisodiumphosphate(TSP). CopiesofHE-3042 HowtoPreventandRemove Mildew.QuestionsQuestionsthatmaybeaddedtotheQuestion Sheet. 1.Commonrubbingalcoholcanbeusedonall materialsandsurfacestoremovemildew. 2.Commonhouseholdbleachremovesmildewand preventsitsreturn Key: 1.False.Rubbingalcoholcanbeusedonsome materialsandsurfaces.HE-3042describeswhich materialsaresafe.Whenunsure,testinan inconspicuousspot. 2.False.Bleachwillkillgrowingmildew,but remember,mildewsporesareeverywhereand oncetheconditionsareright,mildewwillgrow again.AvoidingCorrosionInadditiontomildew,corrosionisaserious problemrelatedtohighhumidity.Cleaningand replacingrustedandcorrodeditemsalsorepresentsa highenergycosttofamilies.Preventionofproblems iseasierwhenpeopleunderstandcorrosioncauses andmethodsofprotectingmetalsasdiscussedinHE3141, AvoidingCorrosionProblemsinFlorida .In additiontothetransparenciesonCorrosionprovided, youmaywanttodisplayitemsshowingcorrosionor tarnishingfordiscussion.Youcanaskvolunteersto

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page6helpyouacquireitemsforthekitandputittogether beforeyourprogram.CorrosionDisplay Corrodedandtarnishedmetalitems. Corrosioncleaners.Lemonjuiceorvinegarand salt. Commercialcleaners. HavesomeonecleansilverasprescribedinHE3141andshowbeforeandafterpieces.(Silverto becleanedthiswayshouldnothavedarkoxide patterndecoration.) CopiesofHE-3141 AvoidingCorrosionProblems inFlorida. CorrosionBoard(Thefollowingcountieshave CorrosionBoardsthatcanbeborrowed: Alachua,Bay,Lee,Orange,PalmBeach,St. JohnsandVolusia.AcontrolBoardtoshowthe originalconditionofthemetalsisavailablefor comparison.ContacttheExtensionHousing SpecialistattheUniversityofFlorida.By displayingacorrosionboardfromacountynear you,youcandemonstratetheeffectsofweather inyourareaonmetals.)QuestionsQuestionsthatmaybeaddedtotheQuestion Sheet. 1.Paintingoverarustyspotonanappliancewill preventfurtherrusting. 2.Corrosioncanreadilyoccurwhentwodifferent metalsareusedtogetherinahumidenvironment. Key: 1.False.Rustcanbeporousandwillcontinueto formunlessfirstremoved.Thentheareamustbe coveredwithpaintorlacquer. 2.True.COMPONENTII CLOSINGYOURFLORIDAHOME SuggestedAudiencesThematerialsforthislessonareappropriatefor seasonalFloridaresidentswhovacatetheirhomes duringthesummermonthsorforextendedperiodsof time.Youaudiencemightconsistof: Condominiumandmobilehomeowners. Condominiumormobileparkmanagers associations.** Customerservicerepresentativesfromthelocal utilitycompany.** Traditionalextensionhomeeconomicsgroups. **Contactwithmanagersandcustomerservice representativeshasthepotentialforprovidingyou withmoreclienteleiftheywillrefercustomersto thecountyextensionhomeeconomist.AdvertisingandMarketing Afeaturearticleinthelocalnewspaper. Fliers,newsletters,newspaperannouncements. Thepubliclibrary. Videostoresmayhavefreecheck-outservicesfor videoscontainingpublicinformation. Radioannouncementscanbeusedtoadvertisean upcomingprogram.RadioAnnouncementsSomesuggestionsare: 1.Ifyouarepreparingtoreturntocoolersummer environs,planaaheadinordertoprotectyour homefrommildewandmoisturedamage. 2.Runningyourairconditionerfor2hoursduring theearlymorninghoursisanenergyefficientway toreducethechancesofmildewdamagewhile youareawayforthesummer. 3.KeepingyourFloridahomeCLEANANDDRY duringalongsummer'sabsenceistheKEYto

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page7preventingmoistureandmildewdamageinyour home. 4.IfyouareleavingyourFloridahomeforthe summer,NEVERleaveanyfoodinyour refrigerator.Tokeepyourrefrigeratorsmelling cleanandfreshandconserveenergy,cleanit, unplugit,andpropthedooropenbeforeyou leave. 5.IfyouareleavingyourFloridahomeforthe summer,giveyouhouseaTHOROUGHsecurity check.Checkthatwindowanddoorlocksare workingproperly.Trimbushesandshrubslow enoughtopreventhidingspotsforintruders.Tips(Followwith)"ThishasbeenaSmartTipfrom your(County)CountyExtensionHomeEconomist." Youmayatthistimeprovideinformationaboutyour "ClosingYourFloridaHome"program.PreparationfortheLessonThelessonleadershouldreviewthevideoandbe thoroughlyfamiliarwiththeinformationinthe leader'sguideandparticipant'sfactsheets.Review thequestionsheetandevaluationform.TheLesson ObjectiveParticipantswilllearnthroughthevideohowto preparetheirhomesforanextendedleaveofabsence. Theywilllearnthestepstotaketoinsurethattheir residenceswillbefreeofmildewandotherdamage causedbyhumidityandhowtoprotecttheirhome fromintruders.Byfollowinginstructionsfor controllingmoistureandbyoperatingtheirair conditioningcorrectly,theycanalsoconserveenergy.Presentation IntroductionWelcomeparticipantsandgivethemanoverview astowhatthisprogramwillcover.Youmaysay somethinglike: "It'salwayspleasanttoreturntocoolerenvirons oncehot,humidweatherarrivesinFlorida. Thereisalsoaconcern.Canyoubesurewhen younextreturnthateverythingwillbe'ship shape,'nomildewhorrorstories,andno astronomicalelectricbills?Tobesure,youneed aplantoremindyouwhattodoandwhentodo it.BillandBettyaregoingtoshowyouhowthey manage.Youwillhaveahandouttohelpyou makeyourownplans,too."VideoThevideoisapproximately20minutes.DiscussionFollowingthevideo,askforquestions.Handout EES-66 ClosingYourFloridaHome factsheet.The informationinthefactsheetisessentiallythesameas inthevideoexceptthereismoreinformationand theywillwanttodeveloptheirowntimeschedulefor closingtheirhomes.EvaluationEvaluationoftheprogrammaybeobtainedby thefollowingsurvey.Ifyouchoosetoleaveacopyof thevideointhelibraryorinthefreecheck-out servicesatavideostore,atallyofcheck-outwillserve asanindicatorforfrequencyofviewing.DEFINITIONLISTChemicalMildewinhibitor.Chemicals, paradichlorobenzeneorparaformaldehyde,for example,whichcankillmildew.However,once conditionsbecomeoptimalformildewgrowth,itwill recurbecausemildewsporesarealwaysavailable.Corrosion.Thenaturallyoccurringprocessbywhich ametalisreturnedtoitsoxidizedstateasanore.Desiccants.Chemicalssuchascalciumchloride, silicageloractivatedaluminathatabsorbmoisture fromair.Sincemanyquartsofmoisturemustbe removedeachdayfromahomebyairconditioning, theuseofthesechemicalswillnotbeeffectiveunless theareatoprotectissmallandtightlyenclosed.DewPointTemperature.Thedewpointtemperature isthetemperatureatwhichmoistureinairwillbegin tocondenseorformdropletsofwater.Theairat thatpointissaturatedwithmoisture.Therelative humidityis100%.

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page8 Hygroscopic.Anymaterialthatabsorbswateror moisture.Inahouse,thesematerialsincludethe woodusedinconstructionorfurnitureaswellas clothfurnishings.InfiltratedAir.Outsideairthatcomesintoahouse. Infiltrationsitescanbeopendoorsandwindows,but alsomaybethetinycracksandcrevicesaround doors,windows,electricaloutlets,airconditionersand constructionjoints.Mildew.Atypeofmold.Mildewsporesarethe 'seeds'fromwhichmildewgrowsandareeverpresent inourenvironment.MILDEWALERTArea.Thattemperatureandrelative humidityrangeof70-80degreesFand60-80percent RHatwhichbothhumancomfortandmildewgrowth occur.RelativeHumidity(RH).Relativehumidityisaratio oftheactualamountofmoistureinairtothe maximumamountofmoistureaircanholdatany temperature.Relativehumidityisexpressedasa percentage.

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page9 SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy TrueorFalse TF1.Ifpeoplewerereallycleantheywouldn'thaveanymildewsporesintheirhome. TF2.Mildewlikesorganicmaterialslikeleatherandpapertogrowon. TF3.OneofthereasonsFloridahomeshavemildewintheirbathroomsisbecausepeopledon't openbathroomwindowstoairtheroomoutafterbathingorshowering. TF4.Itisveryraretohavemildewinbedrooms. TF5.Warmaircanholdmoremoisturethancoolair. TF6.Dryairrequiresmoreenergytocoolthanhumidair. TF7.Generally,therelativehumidityisloweronasummerafternoonthanaitwouldhavebeen atdaybreak. TF8.Thenighttimelowtemperaturecanbeagoodestimateofthedewpointtemperature anytimeofthefollowingday. TF9.In(County)Countytheweatherisn'treallyveryhumidfromOctoberuntilJune. TF10.Toavoidmildewproblemsit'sagoodideatoopenwindowsanddoorstoventilateyour homeanytimethetemperaturedropsbelow75degreesFatnight. TF11.ThemildewhotspotsinmostFloridahomesarebathrooms,closetsandbedrooms. TF12.Chemicalmildewinhibitorsaresafetouseregularlytostopmildewgrowth.

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page10 SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy Evaluation ThisCooperativeExtensionProgramhasbeendesignedtohelpyouunderstandwhatmakesmildew growandhowyoucanreducethisprobleminyourhomeandsaveenergy,too. Duringthe"SayGoodbyetoMildew"programyouhaveseenmanywaystoreducetheriskofdamage toyouorhomeandbelongingscausedbymildewandmoisture.Haveyoulearnedsometipsto prpotectyourhomefrommildewproblems?List3ormoremeasuresthatyoucanuse.Placeastar besidetheproceduresthatyouareplanningtouseforthefirsttime. 1.____________________________________________________ 2.____________________________________________________ 3.____________________________________________________ 4.____________________________________________________ 5.____________________________________________________ Howwouldyouratetheinformationpresentedinthe"SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy" class?Circlethenumberbythestatementthatbestdescribesyourrating. 4TheinformationandprogramwereEXCELLENT.Ilearnedmanynewtipsoncontrolling moistureandavoidingmildew. 3TheinformataionandprogramwereGOOD.Ilearnedsomenewtipsoncontrollingmoistureand avoidingmildew. 2TheinformationanadprogramwereFAIR.Ilearnedatleasttwonewtipsoncontrollingmoisture andavoidingmildew. 1TheinformationandprogramwerePOOR.Ilearnednothingnewoncontrollingmoistureand avoidingmildew.

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page11 ClosingYourFloridaHome The(County)CountyCooperativeExtensionServiceHomeEconomicsProgramhopesyourstaywas bothenjoyableandmemorable.Weextendourwishesforyoursafereturnandforasupersummer! HelpustoimproveourExtensionHomeEconomicsprogramsbysharingthefollowinginformation withus.Weappreciateandwelcomeanyofyourcomments. Whatstatedoyoucall"home"? ________________ HowmanyyearshaveyoubeenaseasonalFloridaresident?________________ WhatmonthdoyoucometoFlorida? ________________ WhatmonthdoyouleaveFlorida? ________________ IsyourFloridahomelocatednearthecoastorotherbodyofwaterorariver?Yes____No____ WhichofthefollowingbestdescribesyourFloridahome? Checkonlyoneanswer. ____Singlefamilydetachedhome ____MobileHome ____Duplex(2homesattached) ____Tri-plex(3homesattached) ____Quadra-plex(4homesattached) ____Condominium-lowrise(lessthan3storieshigh) ____Condominium-highrise(3ormorestorieshigh) Doyoubelongtoahomeowner/condominiumassociationinFlorida?Yes____No____ ManyFloridaresidentsreturnhomeafteranextendedabsenceonlytofindextensivedamagefrom mildew,hurricane,orrobbers.HaveyoueverexperiencedanyoftheseproblemsinyourFlorida home? ____Insectorrodentdamage ____Waterdamagefrombrokenpipes ____Carpetorflooringdamagefrommildew ____Furnituredamagefrommildew ____Paintorwallpaperdamagefrommildew ____Refrigerator/freezerdamagefrompoweroutage ____Lossofpropertyfromburglaryorfire ____Highutility(electricityorwater)bills ____Otherdamages(Explain)____________________

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SayGoodbyetoMildewandSaveEnergy:Agent'sGuide Page12 ClosingYourFloridaHome Evaluation During"ClosingYourFloridaHome"youhaveseenmanywaystoreducetheriskofdamagetoyour homeandbelongingswhileyouareaway.Howdoyouplantokeepyourhomesafe,cleananddry afterhearingthesetips?List3ormorepreventivemeasuresthatyouplantotakepriortoclosing yourhomethisyear.Placeastarbesidetheproceduresthatyouareplanningtouseforthefirsttime. 1._________________________________________________ 2._________________________________________________ 3._________________________________________________ 4._________________________________________________ 5._________________________________________________ Howwouldyouratetheinformationpresentedinthe"ClosingYourFloridaHome"class?Circlethe numberbythestatementthatbestdescribesyourrating. 4TheinformationandprogramwereEXCELLENT.Ilearnedmanynewtipsonclosingmyhome fortheseason. 3TheinformationandprogramwereGOOD.Ilearnedsomenewtipsonclosingmyhomeforthe season. 2TheinformationandprogramwereFAIR.Ilearnedatleasttwonewtipsonclosingmyhomefor theseason. 1TheinformationandprogramwerePOOR.Ilearnednothingnewaboutclosingmyhome.