No this isn't a web page about the Green Machine. This is a web page for earth friendly conservation links. Below are some websites that will help you keep the earth in good condition.
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The Geneseo Public Library District is collecting old ink cartridges and turning them in for cash which goes back into purchasing more ink cartridges for your library's public computers. It helps us out by keeping our costs down andit helps the ego system by recycling old ink cartridges and keeping them out of the landfill.There is a collection box in the front hall by the copier. The program accepts Lexmark, HP, Cannon, Dell and Sharp inkjet cartridges and a number of laser toner cartridges as well.
Your library is also collecting old cell phones through September 10th. HopeLine from Verizon will provide refurbished phones - complete with 3,000 minutes - to local domestic violence organizations or local government & law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. HopeLine recommends that you erase all personal information from your phone but their program ensures that the phones will also be "scrubbed" prior to distributing them for reuse to ensure all customer information is removed. See additional information at the drop-off boxes at the library.
Your library has a collection box, for the Lion's Club, in the foyer area for you to donate your old prescription glasses.
Your library takes donations of gently used books and magazines. We either keep them for the library collection, resale them or send them to the recycle bin.
ComEd has donated electric meters to our library. These are available for check-out at the desk. The P3 Kill-A-Watt Electric Meters can be plugged in at your home and they will monitor the energy used by your electronics, appliances, and lights. The meter will display the electricity consumption of whatever device you plug it in to monitor. Directions are included and it should give you easy and valuable information for your home.
National Geographic Green Guide
Earth Friendly Gardening
North American Coalition on Maintaining Mother Earth
Top Energy Saving Tips
- Set your home’s thermostat at the coolest level you can without making your rooms uncomfortable. For most homes, the heating bill drops by about 2 percent for every 1 degree the thermostat is lowered.
- Lower your home’s thermostat at bedtime or while you’re away during the day. Setting the thermostat to 58 degrees while you’re asleep (you may need an extra blanket!) can cut your natural-gas bill by up to 7 percent.
- Seal up leaky drafts around doors and windows with weather-stripping, caulking, and door sweeps. (And don’t forget to keep the damper closed on a fireplace or wood-burning stove when it’s not in use.) Also seal up any leaks or gaps in furnace ducts that extend through unheated basements or crawl spaces.
- Have your furnace inspected and tuned up every two to three years (before the heating season starts), and clean or replace the air filters on your furnace every two months during the heating season. Your furnace will run more efficiently and use less energy.
- Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowering it from a higher setting will save you money and reduce the risk of being scalded.
- Take shorter showers, wash clothes in cold water, and don’t over-dry your clothing.
- Install a programmable thermostat for home heating. It can save lots of energy while you’re sleeping or away from home – and will re-warm your house shortly before you wake up or return home from work.
- Replace traditional, incandescent lighting with Energy Star compact fluorescent bulbs and fixtures (especially in the lights you use most).
- Make sure you have adequate insulation in your home’s attic and walls, and around heating ducts that pass through unheated spaces.
- Purchase an Energy Star rated high-efficiency furnace, water heater, washer/dryer, and dishwasher when it’s time to replace worn-out models.
- Save water by taking a brick and placing it in the tank of your toilet. You will save approximately a third of a gallon every time you flush.
- Unplug from the outlet non-essential appliances and electronic devices when not in use. If you don't unplug them and just shut them off, these items are still using power. You can save up to 40% of your electric bill just by unplugging your non-essential appliances after you use them.
- Go paperless. Opt not to get a receipt from the ATM or other machines and record the transaction your self. Opt out of receiving statements from banks and other institutions and received them online instead.