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12/11/2012
The restaurant business is fraught with waste. Food gets thrown away. Paper and plastic products — napkins, cups, straws, tablecloths — are designed to be tossed after a single use. And energy consumption is massive. After all, your grill is on all day, and you’re running huge refrigerators day...
12/05/2012
Ever wonder what to do with that balled up, tangled mess of holiday lights that don’t work anymore? Some might be tempted to just toss them in the trash, but there is another option that keeps the environment in mind. Chisago County has partnered with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to “...
12/04/2012
Do you have a light on the tree that won’t light on one side? Perhaps you’re making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights. Either way, recycle your old lights.  Recycle Your Holidays is a statewide holiday light recycling program. Drop off unwanted light strings at any of...
11/28/2012
Were you in the middle of decorating your house for Patch’s annual Deck the House contest, when you realized one of your sets of old Christmas lights had so many blown out bulbs that you need to get rid of it? Replacing your old incandescent lights with LEDs in pursuit of the contest’s...
11/26/2012
Q. Dear Umbra, I want to upgrade to new, more efficient LED Christmas lights, but what do I do with my old lights? It seems wrong to just trash them. Lightly, Maxwell E., Bismarck, N.D. A. Dearest Maxwell, Do not throw your old lights away! Much has changed since the last time I devoted a column...
11/24/2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesotans can again recycle their holiday lights. As Minnesotans put out their holiday lights, recycling bins are waiting for the strands that don’t work or are being replaced by energy-efficient LEDs. The Recycling Association of Minnesota is in its fourth year of...
11/16/2012
‘Tis the season to attempt to untangle strings of holiday lights that no matter how carefully were packed away last winter, somehow find ways to snarl. It’s also the time of year to discover some of those lights no longer work. Wondering what to do with old holiday lights? St....
11/15/2012
Edina residents interested in learning a bit more about solar energy are encouraged to attend a workshop from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Edina City Hall. The event is being hosted by the Edina Energy and Environment Commission, in partnership with the Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams...
10/30/2012
Running a farm takes a lot of energy – in more ways than one. In 2009, Minnesota’s 81,000 farms spent more than $700 million on transportation fuel and an additional $160 million on electricity. Energy use on Minnesota farms and production facilities varies considerably depending on...
10/23/2012
The Central Clean Energy Resource Teams (Central CERT) will tour and learn about the Northland Arboretum’s CERT-sponsored solar information kiosk and solar monitoring system from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1, at Northland Arboretum in Baxter. The group will also discuss other renewable energy and energy...

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