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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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Cook County will turn off its non-essential lights March 25 to commemorate Earth Hour and call attention to climate change. The Cook County Department of Facilities Management will save energy – and send a message about the role all of us can play in cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions – by turning […]

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New report shows 22 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

For the third year in a row, Cook County has exceeded its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) reduction goals, the County’s Annual Sustainability Report shows.

GHGs from County buildings have decreased by 22 percent since they were calculated in 2010, an achievement that surpasses […]

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The temperature outside is frosty, but your home shouldn’t be. Consider weatherizing your home in order to save energy and money and to keep your home toasty. Weatherization focuses on finding the small leaks and holes in your home’s building envelope (otherwise known as the separation of the interior from the exterior of your home) […]

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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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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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