A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘eco-conscious’

Saving Energy with ComEd

About a year-and-a-half ago, we signed up for Residential Real Time Pricing (RRTP) with Commonwealth Edison, our electricity provider. Many utility companies across the country offer similar programs, so please check with your local provider for energy-saving opportunities on utility bills. RRTP uses ComEd’s Basic Electric Service Hourly Energy Pricing. With it, the price of…

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Washing in the New Year

I think it’s appropriate to take a “clean, fresh” look at our new laundry room, just like the start of the new year feels to me. Back in October, Pete and I laid the Marmoleum tile, an all-natural linoleum flooring, and our washer and dryer arrived soon afterward. We opted for the pedestals, both for…

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Blog Action Day: Compost for Climate Change!

I’m happy to participate in Blog Action Day for Climate Change, because here at Bungalow Chronicles, we make an effort to lower our carbon footprint (I kind of hate that term, but whatever) every day. It didn’t happen overnight — and it doesn’t have to — but once we got started it became easier and…

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Mr. Green Jeans

If you grew up in the 1960s or ’70s, then you must remember Captain Kangaroo’s sidekick, Mr. Green Jeans, who would bring cute little animals on the show? Well, this post isn’t about him, but it is about being green with jeans, as in Bonded Logic UltraTouch Natural Cotton Batt Insulation, made using the by-product…

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Destination Insulation

When our attic renovation was still in the planning stages, I began researching insulation options. It made my head spin: closed cell foam, open cell foam, blown-in cellulose, venting or not venting the roof… I knew for sure that I didn’t want to use fiberglass batts. From my own research, unless the batts are installed…

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Green Wishlist

As Earth Month comes to a close, there are still plenty of things we’d like to do to reduce, reuse and recycle, such as: Replace showerhead and faucets with low-flow units Replace the toilet with a dual-flush, low-flow unit, like the Aquia from Toto or the selection from Caroma Finish replacing all lightbulbs with CFLs.…

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Barrels o’ Rain

When we planted our arborvitae recently, we discovered that the PO had the downspout from the house attached to plastic tubing which is buried under the grass and empties out to the alley. Tsk, tsk. That’s going to change. Thanks to a post I read a while back at Our Tiny Oak Park Bungalow, I…

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Spring Cleaning

Say you have a bunch of old VHS tapes lying around, on which you’ve recorded various episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Or a drawer full of empty CD jewel cases. A bunch of old Zip disks perhaps? How 1995 of you me. All of this junk takes up a lot of space,…

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Recycling and Reducing around the House

Like Humphrey House and the other residents of Oak Park, we are also fortunate here in Morton Grove to have a recycling program that accepts virtually everything without our having to sort it all: office papers, newspapers, cardboard, chipboard, virtually all plastics including grocery bags, styrofoam containers, glass, cans (including the lid) —— even aluminum…

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Paper or Plastic?

I have a confession to make, and I’m not proud of it. In fact I’m downright ashamed that I didn’t check my facts long ago, because I love doing research. I thought I was doing a good thing by reusing paper grocery bags as trash bags. I thought, ‘Why buy plastic trash bags, which are…

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