The Police Department offers safe and secure prescription drug disposal for St. Charles residents. The program has been a great success in keeping medications out of the environment (landfills, water supply, etc.) and in preventing possible substance abuse. Read more »
Check your furnace and change the filter or make repairs if needed. Properly maintaining your furnace will conserve fuel by keeping it running efficiently and preventing leaks.
Refuse collection will follow the normal pick up schedule for the weeks of Dec. 22 & 29.
Christmas trees will be picked up during the weeks of Jan. 5 & 12, 2015, on both sides of the river on the regularly scheduled refuse day. After the two-week period, a sticker will be required for pick up. Trees are not to be placed in disposal bags. Residents should note that all decorations, including tinsel, must be removed. For questions, please contact Public Works at 630-377-4405 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more »
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.