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Light up Your Holidays

On December 15, 2017 By

Holiday decorations make this time of year a treat, but those twinkly lights come at a price. Holiday lighting in the United States alone uses enough electricity to power 200,000 homes for up to a year. If all the decorative lights sold in the US this year were ENERGY STAR® certified, the energy cost […]

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As Illinois unlocks the value of community solar through the newly enacted Future Energy Jobs Act, local governments and site owners must have the tools to ensure that they can capture the full benefits of community solar. Cook County and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council hosted a free webinar on key considerations for […]

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On November 2nd, Cook County, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Kansas State University/Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) co-hosted the Economic Revitalization through Brownfields: Strategies and Free Resources workshop.  Over 40 people attended to learn about the resources available for a successful redevelopment of […]

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Beware of energy vampires lurking in your home this Halloween season (and all year round)! They are the appliances and electronics that are plugged in and suck power from the electrical outlets when you aren’t using them — leaving you to still pay for that electric use. Some of the biggest offenders […]

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Chief Sustainability Officer Deborah Stone each received Environmental Leadership Awards for their efforts in advancing sustainability in Cook County. The awards were given by the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) on September 27 at their annual dinner.

“A sleeping local government sustainability giant awoke” when President Preckwinkle […]

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As part of the second annual national Energy Efficiency Day on October 5th, we want to share with you easy ways to make your home and office more energy efficient.

Read a more encompassing list from Department of Energy here: https://energy.gov/eere/femp/home-energy-checklist

 

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Fall Into Home Energy Savings

On September 26, 2017 By

Fall means changing leaves, apple and pumpkin picking seasons, shorter daylight hours and lower temperatures. It’s also the perfect time to assess how to make your home more energy efficient before the freezing temperatures arrive. Here are a few recommendations on how to do so:

The heating season is here

Now is the […]

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Want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Elevate Energy and Schaumburg Township for an informative presentation about ways to save money and energy with energy efficiency and smart meter programs. Experts will also discuss rebated and free in-home devices and appliances. Please […]

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Want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Elevate Energy to learn about ways to save money and energy with your smart meter, home weatherization and energy efficiency programs. Experts will also discuss rebated and free in-home devices and appliances. Please come […]

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Smart meter and energy efficiency programs are available to help Cook County residents save money and use less energy. In order to continue education on these programs and reach some of the many diverse communities in the County,  the Cook County Department of Environmental Control translated outreach materials into the following languages: Chinese, Korean, […]

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