Fall 2012
by Steve Fisher, Recycling Coordinator

Low–Cost Energy Assessments Still Available for Edmonds Households

Sustainable Works (www.sustainableworks.com) is continuing to offer energy assessments in Edmonds and surrounding south county area for a low cost of $95. This offer is possible with support that Sustainable Works receives from the Washington State Jobs Bill.

This is a great deal considering that residential energy assessments generally run around $500 or more. Plus there is an additional offer of up to $2,500 to incentivize energy efficiency improvements, so the more energy your improvement project saves, the more money is offered to buy down the cost. Also, up to $3,000 is being offered to incentivize solar projects.

This program is best described on their website where you can sign up and arrange for an energy inspection that will look for ways your home may be wasting energy and be given options on energy-saving improvements. Discover your potential in long-term energy savings!

Several No- and Low-Cost Energy Saving Tips Always Available on the PUD website. (www.snopud.com)

The PUD provides several tips and ways to control electric costs, reduce our environmental impact and support their efforts foster more energy conservation in the community. Check it out!

Here are examples of two simple activities mentioned on the PUD website that will save energy and energy costs:

Set the heat at 68 degrees instead of 70 during your waking hours.
This will save on your heating costs. For each degree you turn down the heat, you’ll 2 to 3 percent on your heating bill. If you currently keep your home quite warm, turn down the thermostat by just 2 degrees at first, the decrease it again when you’re used to the change. An average single-family home in Snohomish County with electric heat can save up to 140 kWh (kilowatt hour) per winter bill, or about $34.

Unplug chargers and adapters. The power adapters that charge mobile devices, music players, and portable game consoles continue to drain power even when you remove the fully charged device. To eliminate the energy waste, be sure to unplug the chargers or turn off the power strip they’re plugged into, when you remove the device.

Plastic bags are recyclable – but not at the curb!

The option is to take your unwanted plastic bags to your local major grocery store. Look for the designated bins that collect clean and empty plastic bags. The bins are provided there to collect the bags for recycling. Curbside recycling service in Edmonds and Snohomish County do not accept any plastic bags.

The best way to recycle plastic bags is to stuff them all in a single bag, tie a quick knot, and bring them with you to the store.

The type of plastic bags acceptable for grocery store recycling are grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags and plastic wrap from paper products such as paper towels and toilet paper. All bags must be empty and clean with no food residue.

Please keep these bags out of your curbside recycle cart! Plastic bags cannot go through the processing equipment for mixed recyclables. The bags cause problems by getting tangled in the equipment and clogging sorting screens. At the grocery store the collection does not involve sorting equipment.

If you have any type of recycling question or comment call the City’s Recycling Coordinator at 425-771-0235 or email recycleguy@ci.edmonds.wa.us.

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