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Archive for June, 2012

Eco-Friendly Grilling

With the 4th of July upon us, many will be grilling for the holiday. Here’s a few things to keep in mind to keep your grilling practices as green as possible:

  • Gas and propane grills are the cleanest burning grills. Natural charcoal burns dirty and emit greenhouse gases.
  • Grills made of stainless steel and cast iron are the safest as they do not emit toxins in to the air.
  • Use a charcoal chimney instead of lighter fluid if you are using a natural charcoal grill. Lighter fluid also releases toxins.
  • Make sure your grill is the right size for your needs. One that is too large takes longer to heat up and wastes energy and produces excess heat.
  • When cleaning your grill, make sure you use a natural grill cleaner.
  • Consider grilling less meat or all vegetables. Try to purchase organic/locally grown meats and vegetables.
By julie collins on June 30, 2012 Categories: Consumer Choices, Holidays

Electronics Recycling

Dispose of old laptops, computer monitors and other small electronics on Saturday (June 23) 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Goodwill Store & Donation Center, Surrey Ridge Shopping Center (900 W. Algonquin Rd., AH). You can also drop off electronics for recycling at the Mount Prospect Public Works facility (Central and Busse roads) on any Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to Noon.

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

Green Tips for Air Conditioning Use

Summer 2012 in Chicagoland may be one of the hottest on record. Here’s some ideas to save money and energy when using your air conditioning at home:
1.Keep the filter clean. Clean/replace the filter monthly as dirty filters can inhibit air flow and force the unit to run longer.
2.Have your air conditioner regularly maintained to keep it running efficiently.
3.Keep your thermostat at 78 degrees when you are at home and 85 otherwise.
4.Install a programmable thermostat so the unit can begin cooling your home a half-hour before you return.
5.Shade your air conditioner and save up to 10% in energy usage.

For more see: Green Tips for a Cool Summer

By julie collins on June 21, 2012 Categories: Air Conditioning, Energy, Hot Weather