EnergySmart Homes campaign: Still Going Strong, 139 Princeton Homes Participating

This dial from a Ciel Power home energy report helps homeowners compare their existing insulation “R Value” with the recommended insulation level of R50. In early summer, Princeton residents Carol and Carl Haag became the 100th Princeton homeowners to take part in our EnergySmart Homes Campaign by undergoing a home energy audit. The campaign, which launched in October 2013, is still going strong with 139 homes audited and more than 20 homeowners implementing their recommended energy efficiency improvements. The 20+ homeowners have collectively received over $80,000 in cash-back rebates and incentives and on average will reduce their annual energy consumption by more than 25%.  The discounted $49 audit price offered by Ciel Power is available until the end of December so it is not too late to schedule your audit. Winter will be here before you know it.

 

S.H.R.R.E.D TEMBERFEST is Back! Princeton's Biggest Recycling Event

Mark your calendar for Princeton's annual S.H.R.R.E.D TEMBERFEST taking place Saturday, September 20th from 10 AM to 2 PM at multiple locations. This annual event organized by the Public Works Department and provided by the NJ Clean Communities Grant & the NJ DEP Recycling Tonnage Grant, is a great way for Princeton residents to recycle many household items rather than send them to a landfill. Shred your personal documents - 10 am - 2 pm, Witherspoon Hall Parking Lot, Witherspoon St.

recyclingHousehold goods & Clean Clothing - 10 am - 2 pm, Witherspoon Hall Parking Lot, Witherspoon St.

Rain Barrels $30.00 per barrel (small quantities available), Witherspoon Hall Municipal Plaza

Recycle home medical equipment - 10 am - 2 pm, Witherspoon Hall Parking Lot, Witherspoon St.

Electronic & computer recycling - 10 am - 2 pm, Witherspoon Hall Parking Lot, Witherspoon St.

Dumpster discards & Donate bikes - 10 am -2 pm, Valley Rd & Witherspoon St.

 

Backyard compost bins will also be available for the subsidized price of $30. Backyard composting is a great way to divert food waste from being sent to the landfill.  According to the EPA's 2012 Municipal Solid Waste Characterization Report, 21% of waste going to municipal landfills is food waste. We can put that waste to a better purpose by composting and putting important nutrients back into the soil. Limited bins are available so arrive early.

Rain barrels will also be available for the subsidized price of $30.  According to the EPA, lawn and gardening take up about 40% of water usage during the summer months in the Mid-Atlantic. Rain barrels help conserve water and energy. It takes energy to treat and transport water to consumers. To learn more about rain barrels, check out this FAQ from the Rutgers Water Resources Program.

Also taking place on this day, is the Mercer County Improvement Authority's Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronic Recycling Event. Mercer County residents can bring hazardous waste and electronics for recycling and safe disposal.  The event takes place at the John T. Dempster Fire School 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrenceville.  Go here for details on what materials are accepted.

Not able to make it S.H.R.R.E.D TEMBERFEST or to the MCIA event, check out the Princeton Municipal website for more information about recycling.