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How energy is used is just as important as how it is made and where it comes from.  The more efficient our buildings, houses and vehicles are, the less energy is needed; the less energy used; and the less harm to the environment. 


The Village of Winnetka is committing to earn SolSmart designation and will work to improve solar market conditions, making it faster, easier, and more affordable for our residents, businesses, and other organizations to install solar energy systems.

Village of Winnetka Solar Statement

Simple Tips to Daily Routine

  • Fill the dishwasher all the way
  • Use cold water for laundry
  • Wash and dry several loads of wash to catch dryer while still hot
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room
  • Draw curtains in summer, open curtains in winter
  • Adjust refrigerator temperature to between 32 and 39 degrees
  • Maintain home temperature at efficient levels, setting back at night
  • Run large appliances in the evening
  • Participate in the Recycle my Fridge Program
  • Take public transit whenever possible

Renewable Energy  

The sun gives us the power to generate electricity which in turn keeps your shower hot and heats and cools your house in a way that is clean safe and sustainable.  Solar energy can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and be converted into electricity by use of proven technologies.  With increased awareness of the environmental and health impacts related to the burning of fossil fuels, it is clear that generating more of our energy needs from solar power is becoming a wiser choice. 

Bio-Mass and Biofuels

Fuel can be made from organic materials and used to power vehicles or generate electricity.  Bio-mass consists of all plant and plant-derived materials and can be used as a substitute feedstock for the production of transportation fuels, heat and power.  Bio-mass includes everything from wood, wood scraps, woody plants, residue from forestry operations and can be used to make products like biodiesel or ethanol to fuel transportation vehicles.


Biodiesel is a domestically produced renewable fuel made from vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled restaurant greases.  It is safe to use, biodegradable and reduces the release of carbon ad particulate matter into the environment.  Blends of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel can be used in unmodified diesel engines – use of pure biodiesel may require engine modifications to avoid maintenance and performance problems.  The Village of Winnetka currently has many trucks that run on 20% biodiesel fuel and is designated as one of the Illinois Green Fleets.


The Village takes part in several other energy-efficient initiatives, such as:

  • Use of Energy Star Appliances
  • Use of CFL light bulbs/motion sensors in municipal yards facilities
  • Purchase of a Hybrid Ford Escape used by Engineering Division
  • No Idling Policy for Village trucks and equipment

Home Energy Calculator

An interactive energy efficiency website allows homeowners the opportunity to identify cost saving recommendations.  The home energy calculator is available on the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency's website at The site has reference information, educational material on energy for children as well as the interactive tool for determining energy savings.

For more information on energy in the Village, visit the Water and Electric Department home page.

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