Come to the Green Side

January 22, 2009, 1:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips, Upcoming Events
Have you changed your driving habits, begun composting or put in a clothes line?  Maybe you’ve recycled your batteries, started using environmentally friendly cleaning products or participated in a Hazardous Waste Drop-off? 

Click on the Comments button beneath this Contest entry.  Insert your first name only, email address and your comment.  After the information has been added, click on Say It.  Your comment will appear as soon as it has been approved by the blog administrator.

Your comment will put you in a drawing for a bag of “green items” which will be randomly awarded to 10 entrants.  The contest will run February 1-28 and is open to anyone who has an email address.  Only one entrant per email address.  Prizes will be awarded by March 6.  Show us your Green Side!


Cell Phone Dropoff
January 17, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Local Drop-off Sites

cell-phone1Did you get a new cell phone for Christmas?  Or maybe you have some old ones just sitting around?  You can now drop off your used cell phones, batteries and accessories in any condition and from any wireless provider at all Verizon Wireless stores. 

Proceeds will be used to provide wireless phones to survivors of domestic violence and to supply cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Verizon Wireless stores are located at :
1249 E Higgins Rd 
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 330-6010

1420 East Golf Rd in the Circuit City store 
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 995-1001

5 Woodfield Mall  STE J101
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 619-0773

Green Tips for the Winter
January 9, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips

If you use a de-icer on your sidewalk or driveway, look for products made from magnesium chloride instead of sodium chloride (salt) or calcium chloride.  Magnesium chloride melts ice at temperatures as low as minus 17 degrees (salt stops working at 15 degrees above zero) and does less damage to concrete, your car and surrounding plants.

Winterize your vehicle by checking your air filter and fluid levels, checking tires for tread wear and proper inflation, and checking the condition of your windshield wipers.

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, save your ashes in a tin instead of throwing them away. Cold wood ashes can be mixed in your compost heap to create a valuable soil amendment that provides nutrients to your garden.

Use electric snow removal products rather than gasoline-powered ones. While electric products consume energy, they do not emit greenhouse gases.

Start by setting your thermostat to 68°.  Your heating system will operate less and use less energy. Turn your thermostat down 5° at night or when leaving your home for an hour or more.

In the winter  make the most of natural sunlight by opening window coverings on south-facing windows to warm your home.  Also, consider closing window coverings in rooms that receive no direct sunlight to insulate from cold window drafts. At night, close window coverings to retain heat.

Run fans in reverse.  Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it seem warmer by making an updraft that sends the warmer air pooled near the ceiling back into the living space.

Air dry your dishes.   Skip the heated dry cycle on your dishwasher. Instead, open the door and allow your dishes to air dry.