Green Library

Green Library

The following includes information that can be useful in your efforts to “go green!” We are also including information that can be helpful in achieving Green Lodging Designation.


Message to guests example

It’s important that guests are aware of the steps you take to improve the environment. Having a small card on the vanity or nightstand with a brief explanation helps. Not sure what it should say? Try this.
“We know that many of our guests are interested in helping protect our natural resources. That’s why we have recently updated our fixtures and appliances with energy and water saving models, we track our energy and water usage and use Eco-friendly supplies. We also recycle plastic, paper, metal and glass. Best of all, you don’t have to separate them yourself. Relax. You’re on vacation. We’ll take care of it for you!”


Car chargers are readily available in the Galena area

Not sure if you are within 2 miles of an electric car charger? This list should help.
Galena City Hall, 101 Green St., Galena IL 61036.
Galena Brewing Company, 226 N. Commerce St., Galena IL 61036.
 Jail Hill Inn, 319 Meeker St., Galena IL 61036.
 Culver’s of Galena, 11371 Oldenburg Ln., Galena IL 61036.
 Goldmoor Inn, 9001 W. Sand Hill Rd., Galena IL 61036.
 Chestnut Mountain Resort, 8700 W. Chestnut Mountain Rd., Galena IL 61036.


Calculating your carbon footprint

There are several online resources for this, although some are focused on personal use. Still, you can find great information about how to reduce your CO2 and how it translates into pounds… and dollars!
 Environmental Protection Agency.
 TerraPass: Has options for individual or business.
 CoolClimate: Has an option for business and specific industry.


There’s greenbacks in ‘going green’

Did you know that Jo Carroll Energy offers rebates for green initiatives to its customers? JCE members are eligible for a variety of energy efficiency incentives in 2017. Items must be purchased and installed in 2017. Click here for details.


Just how safe are your cleaning supplies?

The Environmental Working Group’s Web site provides information about how toxic cleaning products are, along with ratings for cleaning materials.
Click here to learn more.


Recipe for something better:

This recipe is for homemade laundry detergent c/o Annie Wiggins. According to Aldrich Guest House, it works just as well, if not better, than store bought brands… and is 1/10th the price!
1/3 c. Fels-Naptha.
1/2 c. Borax.
1/2 c. Washing Soda.
*All ingredients are available in the laundry/cleaning section of your regular grocery store.

– Grate Fels-Naptha and place in a large pot.
– Add 6 c. water, heat and stir until melted.
– Add Borax and Washing Soda. Heat and stir until dissolved and clear.
– Add 4 c. hot water and stir.
– Add additional 1 gal. plus 6 c. water. Heat until clear, just before a simmer.
– Allow to rest for 24 hours.
– Store in a large bucket. Soap will be a ‘gloppy liquid.’  This is just how it should be.
– Use 1/2 c. per load.


Buying wind power through a local utility

Here  is a company that lets you buy wind power through your local utility. For each kilowatt-hour (kWh) you use, they match it with a kWh produced by a wind farm. Additional cost is $0.015 per kWh, including personalized energy dashboard, no contract, start or stop anytime:

Or you can go through Jo-Carroll Energy to access the same program – no dashboard, 1-year subscription: