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Going Green with NPL

As the days get darker, we turn the lights on earlier and leave them on more each day. Lighting accounts for about a quarter of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Here are some tips from EarthShare to lighten the energy load while keeping your home bright:

  • Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. One CFL can last as long as 13 incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy. 
  • Occupancy sensors activate lights when you enter a room and turn them off after you leave. They are good for areas of infrequent use, such as storerooms.
  • Photocells turn lights on and off in response to natural light levels - for example, on at dusk and off at dawn.
  • Dimmers reduce the wattage and output of light bulbs and increase their lifespan. 
  • Clean fixtures and lamps regularly by wiping off the dust (make sure the bulb is cool first).
  • Clean or repaint walls. Dirt on surfaces reduces the amount of light they reflect and make the room feel darker.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County are celebrating their 100th anniversary with a calendar of 100 events from September 20 to 27.

Events in Northbrook include:

See a complete listing of local events at the Cook County Forest Preserves website.