Come to the Green Side

January 26, 2012, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environmental programs

The Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington is sponsoring a program on the various animal tracks you might see in your backyard.  Join Susan Allman as she shows you how to recognize the different types of tracks made by winter’s active animals.   The event will be held on Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m.

After an indoor introduction, explore Stillman’s trails for signs of rabbit, squirrel, deer and fox.   Remember to call (847) 428-OWLS to make reservations.

The Stillman Nature Center is located at 33 W. Penny Road in South Barrington.


January 8, 2012, 7:00 am
Filed under: Light Bulbs

Back in 2010 a posting appeared on this blog regarding the Energy Independence and Security Act passed by Congress of 2007 that would begin the phaseout of incandescent light bulbs in the year 2012.  Light bulbs that are 100 watts were destined to go next year, followed by 75 watt bulbs in 2013, and 40 and 64 watt bulbs in 2014.

Republicans in Congress have put a temporary halt to the enactment of this portion of the law.  As a result, they have pushed back the time frame for the 100 watt bulbs to October 2012. 

 Compact fluorescent light bulbs are expected to be the leading replacements for standard incandescent light bulbs, at least at first.  These bulbs use less energy to emit the same levels of light as the incandescent bulbsWhile more expensive, these bulbs last longer and are more energy efficient. 

CFL bulbs must be recycled, however, in a safe manner.  The villages of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg accept their residents’ bulbs for recycling as does any Ace Hardware.