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We've compiled these lists of easy things you can do to help the environment:
Adjust Your Refrigerator and Water Heater
Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, typically accounting for about 18% of your utility bill. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water and reduce energy expenditure.
Try composting as a way to use your kitchen and yard waste to benefit your garden. Not sure how to get started? Check out these composting resources at the library.
Reduce Plastic Waste
The library has started recycling newspaper bags. You can do the same by bringing yours to the Bag2Bag recycling bin at Sunset or another participating store. They also accept dry cleaning bags and other plastic bags and some shrink wraps. See the Bag2Bag site for more information on what they recycle.
Interested in volunteering at the library this summer? Need some service hours for NHS? We've got flexible hours, short shifts, interesting projects and we can work around your summer plans!
Well, then make sure you register to attend ONE of our MANDATORY meeting for summer volunteers. We'll go over everything you need to know.
Reduce Paper Waste
Pay your bills online and switch to paperless statements.
Think before printing. Set your printer default to double-sided and use Print Preview to print only the pages you need. Save files on your computer instead of printing them for your records.
Go Green at the Grocer
Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
Concentrated detergents save on plastics and water.
A carrot typically travels 1,838 miles to reach your table. Shop at your local farmer’s market in season, or check for signs in your grocery store indicating locally grown and made foods.
Buying organic produce helps reduce pesticides and groundwater contamination.
The winners of the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award for 2013 have been announced!
1st Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
2nd Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Between 5% and 20% of your home electric bill comes from vampire electric use--the energy used by appliances when turned off. Unplug small appliances and chargers when not in use.
Check out the Kill-a-Watt meter from the Multimedia Department to see which of your appliances are using the most energy.
Want to make a banana piano? Or an alphabet soup keyboard? We know you do, so sign up for this month's Teen Tech Series program - MAKEY MAKEY! Watch this video for some inspiration. We'll post more leading up to the program so you can come up with some really great project ideas.