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How to choose efficient appliances

By TJ Kirk It’s never a good day when you realize you need to replace a large appliance in your home. However, when the unfortunate time comes, be sure to take a moment and consider what you will purchase – especially for appliances that haven’t been replaced in a number of years, as the technology may have changed substantially. Instead ...Read More

How to be energy efficient in humid climates

By Anne Prince Why does a 95°F day in one of the Gulf Coast states feel hotter than the same temperature in the Southwest? Why do dry heat and humid heat feel so different, and how does this affect your strategy for home energy efficiency? While there are many common ways to achieve energy efficiency across all warmer climates, there ...Read More

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner toured the Abbott Power Plant in November to learn about the carbon capture research underway at the University of Illinois. Foreground L-R: Barbara Wilson, U of I Interim Chancellor; Kevin O’Brien, Director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center; and Governor Rauner.

Cutting carbon from coal plants

The difficulty the world’s nations displayed recently in Paris in making firm commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions underlined the fact that there will not be one solution to global warming. There will be as many as we can think of. At the December COP21 Summit in Paris, promises to reduce carbon dioxide releases from fossil fuels were not forthcoming ...Read More

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Natural gas catching up with coal as an electricity fuel

Energy made history last April when more electricity in the U.S. was generated with natural gas than with coal. It lasted only a month, but it signals huge changes that are making the landscape of power production a lot more complicated. In April, natural gas fueled 32 percent of the electricity in the U.S., compared with 30 percent for coal. ...Read More

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Photosynthesis process could create solar fuel

Argonne National Laboratory, headquartered in Argonne, is ­researching photosynthesis and the creation of solar fuel. Refined by nature over a billion years, photosynthesis converts carbon dioxide (CO2), water and energy from the sun into chemical energy. It has given life to the planet, providing an environment suitable for the smallest, most primitive organism all the way to our own species. ...Read More

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Road Kill Feasts For 16 years, avid hunter, cook, and Egyptan Electric Cooperative member Virgil Hannig, hosted Road Kill Feasts each February in Carbondale. Hannig, and his “Road Kill Chefs”, served 85-90 men fare such as Amos’ Famous Barbequed Coon, Venison Stroganoff, Sharptail Grouse and Pheasant Pot Pie, and Turtle Mulligan. With the fall hunting season soon getting underway, Hannig ...Read More

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Watermelon Cooler

4-H House 80th Anniversary Cookbook Who: 4-H House, University of Illinois Cost: $30 includes shipping Details: Hard-backed, spiral bound Pages of recipes: 470 Send checks to: 4-H House Cookbook, Attn: Linda Paydon Muehling, 703 N 1170 East Rd., Cissna Park, IL 60924 or order online at 4hhouse.com

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How to avoid the hack

Here we go again. Hackers have once more found ways in which to exploit some of the new technology meant to make our lives easier. If you’ve watched the news lately, it seems to be a constant stream of attacks. Some of them are based in social media, while others take a more direct approach. As for the direct approach, ...Read More

Mary Higgs – 2015 Illinois Country Living Mother of the Year

Self-sufficient doesn’t begin to describe Mary Higgs of rural Altamont. In fact, this Norris Electric Cooperative member prides herself on being able to live off the land – literally. Higgs seems to hail from a simpler time when you grew or hunted the food you ate. This 75-year old grandmother of three and great-grandmother of two is most comfortable outdoors. ...Read More