Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Celebrate Eco-Friendly Living This Saturday in Evanston!

One of the things we enjoy about living and working in Chicago’s North Shore is its committment to the environment.  Keeping the backdrop for our lives vibrant and healthy is imperative for our communities and the world as a whole!  As Evanston Real Estate agents, we are continually able to show potential buyers what makes the North Shore, specifically Evanston, such a great place to live.  We not only want to showcase beautiful Evanston homes, but the lifestyle and community that Evanston has to offer.
This Saturday, September 24 from 9am-3pm, Evanston is highlighting its desire for eco-friendly and sustainable living through the 5th Annual Evanston Green Living Festival. Each year this festival, presented by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the City of Evanston, has a theme to encourage making a difference on our planet.  This year, “Alternative Energy, You’ve Got the Power” will be seen throughout the event as a great reminder to start a more environmentally sound lifestyle right at home!  
The Ecology Center, in the heart of downtown Evanston, will host this free event as it’s been a long-time proponent of green living in Evanston.  New to this years festival will be a Green Silent Auction with items from green vendors and organizations with proceeds going to further develop The Ecology Center. 
The Evanston Green Living Festival will also showcase the Green Market which features over 80 Green Home Exhibitors, an Alternative Transportation Exhibit, Green Demonstrations, a panel discussion and much more!  Not only is this a fun way to spend a great fall day outdoors in Evanston, but is also an educational way to promote a green lifestyle.  You’ll walk away from this event feeling armed with ways to incorporate a more sustainable lifestyle every day! Visit the Evanston Green Living Festival website for more information. 
Here are a few simple ways to get started with eco-friendly living in your Evanston home!
1. Set the Timer- Set your thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re away from your Evanston home or while you’re sleeping. This will automatically help reduce energy used as well as costs just by programming your thermostat.

2. Let the Sunshine In- During the day, be sure to leave blinds and curtains open to let in the sunlight and natural heat. At night, shut them to help “trap” the warmth.

3. Stop Leaks- Check all doors and windows for drafts. You can easily seal windows and doors to prevent the warm air from your Evanston home from escaping, while making sure the cool air doesn’t leak in.  In the summer, it will also prevent your air conditioner from working twice as hard.

4. Switch out Your Lights- From lamps to porch lights, all of your lights can be changed out for energy efficient LED lights! This change will add up to financial and energy savings!

5. Unplug- Not using an appliance? Unplug it! The Department of Energy notes that, even if appliances are not being used, they are still using energy. 40% of electricity used for your home electronics is used when they’re turned off, but still plugged in. Getting in the habit of unplugging will prove to be a smart habit in the long run!
We hope that you’re able to attend the Evanston Green Living Festival or take the time to make environmentally conscious updates to your Evanston homeLiving in Evanston is much more than finding your ideal home, but involves being a part of a thriving community that you’re sure to enjoy.
If you’re interested in buying a home in Evanston this fall, please feel free to contact The Thomas Team to help you each step of the way!
The Thomas Team
Chicago's #1 Real Estate Brokerage

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