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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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Summer time can mean travelling and vacation for many. Here are some tips on how to save money and energy while you are away from your home this summer:

Set your thermostat to higher temperature than normal. Use a programmable thermostat to set back the temperature when you are gone from your home […]

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The U.S. EPA considers some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.

The Illinois EPA coordinates one-day […]

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke about the importance of local action on the environment to an enthusiastic crowd on April 21st, at the Rally for the Planet sponsored by the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Sierra Club, and  Faith in Place among others.  She told the crowd:

Local action is more important now […]

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Want to save money on your electric bill? Throughout the month of May, Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Elevate Energy will be holding informative presentations about ways to save money and energy with smart meter and energy efficiency programs. Experts will also help you better understand your bill to […]

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The Cook County Board earlier this month approved a resolution recognizing Earth Day, calling attention to the significant progress the County has made in decreasing its greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs. The resolution also highlighted the work the Forest Preserves staff and volunteers do every day to protect and preserve the 70,000 acres […]

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Time is running out to take advantage of ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program, a feature of newly installed smart meters.

The deadline to enroll for ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program is April 30th. The program rewards customers who reduce their electricity usage when costs and demand are high, typically when air conditioners are […]

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Did you make energy efficiency improvements to your home in 2016? You may be eligible for a federal tax credit that expired on December 31, 2016. Eligible improvements include building envelope improvements, such as upgraded building insulation; exterior doors;  windows or roofs, as well as new high-efficiency heating, cooling and […]

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Happy first week of spring! As we say goodbye to the cold winter temperatures and transition to warmer weather, it’s a great time to think about ways you save energy and money in your home during the spring and summer months.

Landscaping can help keep your home cool – Creating shade for your […]

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