Environmental Advisory Council
- 7:00 p.m.
- First Wednesday of every month
Meetings are open to the public.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
- Sue Devenny
Term Expires: January, 2023
- Donna Suevo, Chariperson
Term Expires: January, 2026
- Shari Donath
Term Expires: January, 2027
- Rick Cole
Term Expires: January, 2027
- Barb Pollarine
Term Expires: January, 2023
Jeffersonville Golf Course Tree Planting
On October 24, 2020, a group of volunteers that included members of the West Norriton Township EAC, township commissioners, as well as other township residents, planted about 200 trees and shrubs as part of a riparian buffer at the Jeffersonville Golf Club. This planting was part of the larger stream restoration project at the Golf Club.
This riparian buffer planting is a continuation of an initial phase of plantings done in 2018 that members of the EAC also partnered on. Funding for this restoration project was awarded from DEP Growing Greener, TreeVitalize, National Fish and Wildlife Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund and the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund. Susan Harris of Cerulean, LLC, headed the project.
All disturbed areas were seeded with a native riparian seed mixture consisting of deep-rooted grasses and flowering perennials. Eight signs were installed to identify the locations of protected stream restoration areas.
Other parts of the project included restoration of eroded stream banks and stream channel to prevent erosion, reduce flow velocity and create habitat. The project expanded areas for floodplain storage as well. A low-level dam was obstructing stream flow through the Golf Club. This dam was removed and flows restored as part of the project. The stream channels through the golf course receive 243 acres of drainage primarily from the commercial and retail district along Main Street. The land use within the drainage area averages 29% imperviousness, which means when it rains the water doesn’t soak into the ground but runs off instead. This project will help reduce stormwater runoff in this area of the Township.
The West Norriton EAC thanks everyone who volunteered their time to help make this project a success.
25 Quick & Easy Energy Efficiency Tips for West Norriton Residents
Energy efficiency means you are using less energy to do the same jobs, reducing your home's energy waste and saving money. To effectively increase your energy efficiency involves more than just using less energy - it requires you becoming aware of how energy is used, where it's wasted, and how it can be used more effectively and efficiently in everyday life. Here are some top tips to help your home or business save energy and be more efficient.
How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
- Change your light bulbs to LEDs.
- Wash your clothes in cold water if possible.
- Air seal your home.Sealing cracks, gaps and leaks and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.
- Clean or replace all filters in your home regularly. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
- Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking.
- Defrost your refrigerator and freezer before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick to ensure your appliances are running efficiently.
- During warmer months, close blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny side of your home to help keep your home's temperature cooler and reduce the work for you AC. Open shades during cooler months to let the sun warm your home.
- Don't peek in the oven while baking! Every time you peek, the temperature can drop 25 F, making your oven use more energy to bring the temperature back up.
- Use natural light when possible.
- Control your fixtures with a photocell or a timer to assure dusk-to-dawn only operation of your outdoor lights.
- Don't leave your electronics on all day long. Only turn on your computer, monitor, printer and fax machine when you need them.
- Set your thermostat to 78F in the summer and 68F in the winter - every degree of extra heating or cooling will increase energy usage 6% to 8%. Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than normal will not cool your home faster.
- Using your ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
- Refrigerators and freezers actually operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible (using water bottles if nothing else). Be careful about overfilling them as this will reduce airflow and cause the appliance to work harder.
- Using dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers at night will keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 PM and 6 PM and reduce the chance of an emergency!
- Turn off heated dry on your dishwasher and air dry instead.
- Set your refrigerator temperature to the manufacturer's recommendation to avoid excessive cooling and wasting energy.
- Don't leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside.
- Replace your windows. If your home has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with more energy efficient windows, or adding solar shades or tinting film.
- Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule.
- Turn off the lights when they're not in use. Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill.
- Don't leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight. It only takes a couple of hours to charge.
- Turn off the oven a few minutes before cooking time runs out. Your food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity.
- Watch your appliance placement. Avoid placing appliances that give off heat, such as lamps or TVs, near a thermostat.
- Dress for the weather. When you're at home, dress in warm clothing in the winter and cooler clothing in the summer to stay comfortable without making your heater and AC work harder.
“25 Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home.” 25 Energy Saving Tips: How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient | Direct Energy, www.directenergy.com/learning-center/25-energy-efficiency-tips.
Links for Residents
Build a rain garden
Reduce runoff in your yard, do something good for the planet:
Penn State Plant List
Spotted Lantern Fly
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