Come to the Green Side

December 18, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Energy, Green Tips

When the heating bill starts to go up in the winter it can be a little hard to take.  These simple tips from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) can be a starting point for reining in some of your winter expenses:

  • Try using a crock pot instead of the stove.  Soups, chilis and stews are a good food choice for the winter and the crock pot can be a simple and economical way to sit down to a warm meal on a cold night.
  • Close your blinds at night to keep the drafts and cold air from infiltrating the interior of the house.  On the flip side, open the blinds during the day to take advantage of the warm sunshine.
  • Go without an electric blanket.  The CUB Energy Saver estimates that using one 10 hours a week during the winter months adds $13 to a typical electric bill.
  • Cut down on your shower time.  It saves on your utility bill–and your skin.
  • Lower your water heater temperature.  Putting a water heater blanket on helps even more.
  • Replace your old, incandescent holiday lights with LEDs can save up to $16 a year.
  • Replace CFL bulbs in just two of your most used sockets and save up to $20 a year!

July 25, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Info, Green Tips

Ever wonder if that oven cleaner or lighter fluid or antibacterial soap or kitty litter really is bad for you?  And if it is, what is the ingredient that makes it so harmful?  Who would possibly track that sort of information?

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services now has a Household Products Database whose sole purpose is to provide health and safety information on household products. 

Not only do they list common products and their harmful ingredients, but they also list the name of the  manufacturer, their address and their phone number.  Cross references are available for other products by the same manufacturer, products with similar usage and products with some of the same ingredients.

Try the database here.  You may–or may not– be glad you did!

July 11, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips

Junk mail.  It’s like cockroaches.  It will never go away.  Unless you make it stop.   Use some of these excellent tips from  to remove your household from current lists–and keep it from happening in the future.

January 31, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Green Tips, Upcoming Events

Learn how to increase the comfort of your home while lowering your utility bills.  Energy 360 Solutions will discuss the causes of home performance issues, ways to correct them and how to claim the Federal Energy Tax credit which is available for 2009 and 2010.

When:  Thursday, February 11          7:30-9:00 p.m.
Where:  Rasmussen South, Schaumburg Township District Library
Register at the Information/Magazines Desk.  847-923-3347.

December 27, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Green Tips, Upcoming Events

Kay McKeen, Executive Director of SCARCE, will discuss ways that individuals and families can reduce their carbon footprint, be more socially involved with the community and positively impact the environment. 

When:  January 20, 2010       7:30-9 p.m.
Where:  Rasmussen South Room, Schaumburg Township District Library
Register at the Information/Magazines Desk.  847-923-3347.

December 13, 2009, 7:01 am
Filed under: Green Tips, Holiday Tips


1Unplug appliances and decorations when not in use.  A power strip makes this convenient.

2.  Entertain with reusable or compostable cups, plates, silverware, napkins, etc. at your party instead of disposables.

3.  Wrap presents in the Sunday comics and magazine pages or package gifts in previously used holiday tins, gift bags, wrapping paper, cloth bags, baskets or boxes.  After the presents have been opened and admired, find what’s usable, fold it and save for next year.

4.  Make gift tags or postcards with cards from last year. Detach the front of the card and write your message on the back.

5.  Shop with reusable bags.

6.  Pair rechargeable batteries with electronic gifts.

7.  Buy holiday cards made from recycled paper.  Or make your own creative cards on recycled paper.  Be selective when deciding how many holiday cards to send.

8.  Recycle broken or used Christmas lights through Holiday LEDS or Christmas Light Source.

9.  Compost your fruit and vegetable waste from holiday dinners.  Try not to overbuy either.

10.  Chip or put out for recycling the Christmas tree and pine bough wreaths.




1.  Sprig Adventure Series.  These toy vehicles are a composite of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic—no paint, so no lead.

2.  Idbids.  These plush “iddy-biddy” creatures are 100% organic Egyptian cotton and colored with organic dyes.  Each one comes with a storybook.

3.  Green Toys.  These classic toys constructed from recycled milk containers are made 100% in California so the parts aren’t shipped from overseas.

4.  Let’s Go Green. This site sells eco-friendly products for the home.

5.  Worldwise.  This company manufactures pet products that are made from natural, recycled, reclaimed or certified organic materials.

6.  Visit SWANCC’s eco-friendly marketplace for products that are easy on our environment or are made from natural materials.








October 18, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips, Marketplace

retail Recycling your household and business waste is only part of the process.  Consider buying recycled products to complete the cycle.  Check out SWANCC’s website to find ecofriendly products, links and programs. 

Everything from a list of green hotels, energy efficient appliances, safe cosmetics to green office supplies is given.