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Archive for March, 2012

Is your screen saver really saving energy?

Many of us routinely use screen savers thinking we are doing a good thing not only to save energy but to save the life of our computer monitors as well.  According to energystar.gov  this is not necessarily true.  Screen savers are often filled with graphics which may cause your computer to burn twice the energy. The screen saver also can prevent the computer from going into “sleep” mode.  Initially, screen savers were developed to prevent permanent etching of patterns on monitors but are no longer necessary due to technological advances and now are for entertainment only.

A website called techsoup.org offers an alternative.  They suggest that you turn on the power management feature that is already an option in most computers.  This will enable your monitor to turn off automatically, or, after a period of inactivity it will put it into a sleep mode.  For a PDF with step-by-step instructions go to: http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Power_management_instructions.pdf

By julie collins on March 29, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Energy

Earth Hour this Saturday, March 31

The Village of Mount Prospect plans to participate in the Earth Hour campaign on Saturday (March 31) by turning off all non-essential lighting from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. (All essential lighting such as street lights, traffic signals, and public safety lights will remain on.) The aim of Earth Hour is to express that individual action on a mass scale can help change the planet for the better.  Last year, many world famous sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Egypt, and even Wrigley Field remained dark as a symbol of environmental action. Residents are encouraged to particpate as well and the Village encourages people to think beyond the one hour timeframe and think about ways to conserve energy. For more info on Earth Hour, go to www.earthhour.org .

By julie collins on Categories: Earth Hour

Public Works to Offer Electronics Recycling Drop off

The Mount Prospect Public Works Facility will begin to accept electronic recyling on Wednesday, April 4 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. This program is being established via a partnership between the village, SWANCC and Supply-Chain Services, Inc. Starting on April 4 and continuing through October 31, Public Works, at 1700 W. Central, will accept these items on Wednesdays only from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more info: http://www.mountprospect.org/index.aspx?recordid=1062&page=27

By julie collins on March 22, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

Natural Lawn Care

A PDF of the powerpoint from last evening’s program “Natural Lawn Care” presented by Steve Pincuspy is attached below.

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By julie collins on Categories: Landscaping

Mount Prospect Urges Tree Planting in Parkways

The Village is encouraging residents to help plant replacement trees in Village parkways. Trees can be ordered through the Village and will be planted and guaranteed for one year. There is a choice of 8 – 10 species and the cost to residents is expected to range between $108 – 190/tree. Orders must be received by March 14 (payment is due by March 28) to qualify for spring planting. For more info, call 847-870-6540. Tree lovers who would like to make a donation to the the Village’s Tree Trust Account can also call 847/870-6540.

By julie collins on March 8, 2012 Categories: Landscaping

Updated Battery Recycling and Disposal Options

From the beginning of 2010 until the end of 2011, when the program was discontinued, the Mt. Prospect Public Library accepted all types of dry-cell batteries for recycling and disposal as part of a broader effort to promote, facilitate, and raise awareness of greener choices and options, an effort in which we will continue to engage.

However, while the Library no longer collects batteries, the Village of Mt. Prospect collects “household alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, and button cells) and rechargeable batteries (NiCad, [NiMH], lithium ion, and lithium polymer)” at its Public Works facility on 1700 West Central Road between the hours of 7:30am and 5:00pm.

This collection effort is free of charge to citizens of Mt. Prospect for residentially-generated battery waste; industrially- and commercially-generated battery waste will not be accepted. While single-use alkaline batteries need no special preparation for disposal at Public Works, the contact points of rechargeable batteries must be taped over to prevent potential fire hazard during transport, or they must be individually placed in sealed plastic bags.

To read the Village’s information about battery and other recycling options on their website directly, visit their “Solid Waste –Additional Recycling Programs” page at http://www.mountprospect.org/index.aspx?page=274 .

For more public battery recycling options, visit SWANCC’s “Battery Recycling” page at http://www.swancc.org/programs/battery-recycling .

For more private battery recycling options, visit Earth 911’s listings at http://search.earth911.com/?what=batteries&where=&latitude=&longitude=&country=&province=&city= , which can be assembled by typing “batteries” in the “Find recycling centers for” search box and “Mount Prospect, IL” in the “Near” search box on Earth 911’s homepage.

For a brief explanation about why rechargeable battery recycling is important, for example, read Earth 911’s “Why Recycle Rechargeable Batteries” page at http://earth911.com/recycling/hazardous/rechargeable-batteries/why-recycle-rechargeable-batteries/ .

By julie collins on March 7, 2012 Categories: Batteries, Recycling