Friday, January 29, 2010

Awesome Event Today!

Title: ConsciousConscious Nosh: Ethical Eating
Date: Friday Jan 28
Time 6-8pm
Location: 618 S. Michigan 2nd floor (Stage Two Lobby)
Event info: Cosponsored with the Columbia Hillel, we will share a dinner and conversation about food production as it related to the environment. This dinner will take it’s structure from a Jewish tradition of having a seder (ceremonial dinner) celebrating the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the “Holiday for the Trees,” also known as Jewish Arbor Day. This event is sponsored by the Recycling Program and Hillel's Around Chicago: Arts in the Loop.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Rebates and Discounts: Cash for Appliances

Remember "cash for clunkers"? Well now there are financial incentives to upgrade to a more efficient appliance. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has collected more than $12,000,000 from federal stimulus money to provide this opportunity for Illinois residents. Retailers will offer 10-15% off Energy Star qualified appliances at point of sale and there will be an additional rebate available ranging from $50-100 for recycling the old appliance too:

This will happen in 2 phases:

1) DCEO will offer rebates on heating and cooling equipment (furnaces, central AC, heat pumps, water heaters) starting later this winter and offer the program until the funds are depleted.

2) DCEO will offer an appliance rebate campaign this spring (targeting Earth Day) lasting no more than a few weeks, offering rebates through retailers on Energy Star white goods (refrigerators, washers, dishwashers, freezers, room air conditioners), If funds are remaining, the white goods rebates may be offered for a second period, probably in the fall.

Unlike "cash for clunkers" you don't have to trade an old appliance in to qualify. What's even better? Consumers will not be required to haul their bulky old appliances to the dealer in exchange for a new one.

For more information visit Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity