WEEK Journalist Kyle Beachy has a story on the WEEK website detailing a report from the Environmental Integrity Project. Read the full story and watch the video on their website. Links to the full report can be found there.
From The CUB Voice newsletter of the Citizens Utility Board
You might want to ignore the fact that winter is fast approaching, but now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the chilly months ahead.
Here’s a Checklist:
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees (warm setting). Cover it with an insulated blanket you can purchase at a hardware store.
- Get your furnace inspected. Have a certified heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor inspect your furnace. If your furnace is 15 years or older, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer system.
- Replace filters. A clean filter helps your HVAC system operate at its best and last longer. You may have to change your filter every month, but at least do so every three months. If you have pets or allergies you may need to clean and replace your filters more often.
- Keep warm air in, winter cold out. Weather-strip doors, caulk windows and install storm windows if you have them. A door guard or sweep can help fill the gap at the bottom of your front and back doors. You can find most of these items at local hardware stores.
- Clean gutters. If your gutters are filled with build-up like leaves, they can damage your home’s siding and roofing, causing cracks and letting cold air in.
- Reverse ceiling fans. In the winter, run the fan clockwise (from your position, looking up at it) to pull warm air down from the ceiling and keep it circulating in your house.
- Tree branch trimming. Cut down any extended branches that can get tangled with power lines, causing outages.
- Turn off outdoor faucets. Flushing outside faucets before winter is a great way to remove any excess water that could freeze up later and cause damage to your pipes.
This only takes a few steps and you can find instructions on CUB’s blog. (Shut off the inside valve that leads to the outdoor faucet and turn on the outdoor faucet until the water stops.) Consider buying an insulated cover for each outdoor faucet.
- Bonus tip: If you have WiFi, a smart thermostat can help control your home’s temperature and cut heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent.
The 29th annual conference of the Midwestern Renewable Energy Association met in Custer, WI in June for 3 days. 20,000 people from across the United States attended choosing from more than 200 exhibits and 250 workshops. There was a huge variety of topics involving the environment including clean water and clean air. Workshops were held in tents under a beautiful Wisconsin sky.
Some of our EP Green members will be gathering at the East Peoria 4th of July celebration site at 8 a.m. July 5th. Come and be patriotic with the green team and help the city of East Peoria to be good community of the Earth. We will be picking up all the materials left along the river front by the 4th of July partiers. We will make sure that the garbage goes in the trash cans and that the recyclables go in the recycling toters. The city will pick things up after we are finished. We hope to be joined by some members of the EPCHS Hope Club and the ICC SAFE Club. If you can join us please bring gloves to protect your hands and water to keep you hydrated.