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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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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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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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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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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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