Friday, May 3, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31st, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Hey neighbors: It's always a good time to save energy. We've got five easy things you can do to conserve and save money on your electric bill, but we need your ideas too. Please share your best tips in the comments.
Allyson Schmutter, spokesperson for the national nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, offers these five tips for saving energy and money: 1. Unplug All Those Devices: Believe it or not, many devices still consume energy even when turned off. The typical culprits are televisions and cable boxes, or anything that stays lit with an LED or standby light even when turned off. Schmutter says those devices can suck a month’s worth of electricity from your home each year. 2. Change Your Bulbs: If you haven't already switched your incandescent bulbs out for more energy-efficient options, now's the time to do it. You'll save 75 percent by switching to CFL bulbs. Not sold on CFLs? Take a look at this light bulb checklist for more ideas. 3. Cook Up …
Friday, April 22, 2011
Grayslake wellness coach offers environmentally friendly advice to Patch readers.
Friday, April 22, 2011
By now we are all pretty familiar with the typical environmental tips: turn off the lights when you leave the room, don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth, etc. Why not try something new this year? Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to make positive improvements in your lifestyle that also better the environment. Friday, April 22nd, 2011 marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. Why not make this YOUR time to go green? Here are some quick tips to get started: • Pay your bills online. If every house in the United States did this, we would save 18 million trees every year! • Make the most of reusable bags- bring your own reusable bags to the store to spare the use of plastic ones. They now come in all different types of …
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Brian Rice explains why he spent $70,000 on his home energy project.
"I think we're saving about $4,000 per year in total energy costs,"said Brian Rice after spending many thousands more to make his Deerfield home eco-friendly. Rice came up with a plan to cut down on his house's environmental impact that could also be a long-term financial investment for his family. About $70,000 later he had installed a geothermal heat pump system, solar panels and inverters. "The inverters are basically the brains of the system, they steer the electricity around, buy and sell it at the right times," Rice said. The longtime Deerfield resident has a trading and brokerage company and calls his home energy project a hobby. "When I compare it to other investments that I own, it outperforms, at least it has over the last three…