Green Week: You Can Make a Difference

NBC5's Ginger Zee highlights ways to green your routine

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009  |  Updated 11:34 PM CDT
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Green Week: You Can Make a Difference

NBC Universal is challenging you to 'Green Your Routine' during Green Week November 16-23.

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NBC Universal is challenging you to 'Green Your Routine' during Green Week November 16-23.

All this week, NBC5 green correspondent and meteorologist Ginger Zee will show you simple and affordable ways you can "be green" every day.

MONDAY: We'll show you how using alternative energy can be fun and games - with toys. American Science & Surplus on the Northwest Side carries toys and experiments that get kids interested in alternative energy with hopes they will one day use it as inspiration for a future career.

TUESDAY: Meet an Oak Park man who has started a trend -- the bike taxi. Even a Logan Square day care has adopted the idea, using bike taxis to transport kids.

WEDNESDAY: We'll show you where to find an affordable, environmentally-friendly lunch in the city, including restaurants and caterers that have convenient options to "eat green" without burning a hole in the pocket.

THURSDAY: We've got environmentally-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays. The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally when people start decorating.  If  you haven't purchased lights for this year - or want to avoid having to untangle the old lights - we'll show how LED lights save more than 90 percent of the energy used by traditional holiday lights. That can mean hundreds of dollars in savings for a family who likes to decorate.

FRIDAY:  You'll meet Kevin Dick and his wife, Kelly Delaney. They bought their 70-year-old, two-story, three-bedroom house in Roscoe Village two years ago. See how they took it upon themselves to green up their energy-sucking home.

The stories will air every afternoon at 6 p.m. on NBC 5 and the following morning on NBC 5 Today. 

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