Protect your pipes. When water freezes, it expands. If water is inside a pipe when it expands, it breaks the pipe and leaves you with a large repair bill. Read more »
Many gadgets continue to use power even when they are off. To save on your electric bill, unplug electronics when you don’t need them. For convenience, plug devices into a power strip and turn it off.
Televisions, DVR boxes, game consoles and computers are examples of devices that use electricity when they are turned off but still plugged in.
Exercising outdoors? Regular exercise makes us feel great and keeps us healthy. Before you head out for your workout or run, check the local air quality forecast for your area at www.weather.com. You can find out when air pollutants such as ground-level ozone or airborne particles are at acceptable levels where you live.
Buy rechargeable batteries. They can be used for longer periods and will likely be less expensive than disposable batteries in the long run. When using rechargeable batteries, be sure to follow the instructions. Often it is suggested to charge the battery fully before use to avoid diminishing its lifetime.
Be green from the ground up! Test your home for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless gas that can seep out of the ground and into your home. As the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon is responsible for over 20,000 deaths a year. Fortunately, a home radon test is easy to do, and homes with high radon levels can be fixed.
Tread lightly! Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs. Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. If you can work from home, you’ll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion - and save money.
Ride a bike, ride a bus or take a walk and reduce your carbon footprint to observe the day.
Make A Compost Bin
An annual attic inspection may not be high on your priority list, but delaying it could result in costly critter removal or serious health hazards. Rodents chewing on attic wires cause approximately 15,000 residential fires each year. And if there isn’t proper air ventilation, your attic could become a breeding ground for mold. More ideas at www.stcharlesil.gov/green.
Residents Can Charge their Cars While Shopping or Dining Downtown
St. Charles now is plugged into the green community even more with the recent installation of an Electric Vehicle Charger. The Charge Point, Level 2 charger now is available on the fourth floor of the 1st Street Parking Garage at 1st and Illinois streets. The dual charging unit is available to residents to charge their electric vehicles free for up to two hours. Read more »