5 Easy Ways to Start Living Green

You probably have a daily routine established—from a shower and cup of coffee in the morning to a home-cooked dinner and cup of tea in the evening. But do you ever take a moment to consider how much water you use? How much waste you generate? Earth Week is a great time to analyze your impact on our planet. Get an easy start with these 5 tips to jump-start your green living—and check out even more tips from HGTV.

1. Upgrade to a high-efficiency showerhead
Your typical morning shower could be costing you close to 50 gallons of water. Replace your old showerheads with newer, more efficient models and you’ll save up to 3,000 gallons of water per year—plus 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and $50 in energy costs.

2. Make your lighting more efficient
Replace old light bulbs in your home and halogen bulbs in your yard with more efficient compact-fluorescent bulbs or LED lights—you could reduce the amount of energy you use by over 80%. For outdoor lights, consider installing motion sensors.

3. Use a compost bin in your backyard
Compost is great for your garden AND keeps your trash can empty! Collect “green” waste like food scraps, tea bags and coffee grounds and layer them in a compost bin with “brown” waste such as leaves and shredded paper. You’ll end up with nutrient-rich soil for your yard.

4. Keep track of your trash output
Monitor the amount of trash you generate over the course of a week, from empty bags to disposable cups, paper and more. The result might surprise you. Then explore alternative options to help cut down on that waste, like reusable bags and coffee mugs.

5. Donate to ReStore
ReStore helps keep usable materials like lumber, furniture and appliances out of local landfills. Instead of throwing away old building materials and household goods, donate these items to ReStore where they’ll be repurposed and reused!

Find out what you can donate to ReStore—then give us a call at 218-284-5253 ext. 3 if you
need your items to be picked up!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org.

 

Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd marks a global event in which people across the world show their support for protecting the environment. In fact, many individuals and groups celebrate Earth Week, participating in acts of environmental appreciation for several days.

At Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore, we like to think of it as an Earth Year, and we make an effort to protect our environment every day — by reducing waste of building materials and household items. ReStore stocks its shelves with gently used materials donated by members of the community. The result? More than 4 million pounds of materials have been diverted from local landfills through ReStore. Last year alone, 1,214,089 pounds of usable goods was kept from landfills because ReStore recycled, reused and revamped the items.

In addition to keeping these goods out of landfills, the ability to sell these gently used products has allowed ReStore to continuously support Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to build affordable homes in the FM community.

Not convinced yet?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. produced approximately 251 million tons of trash in 2012. While small percentages of this trash was able to be recycled or combusted, a large amount still ended up in landfills. In fact, the EPA estimates that 2.9 pounds of waste per person, per day, ended up in landfills in 2012. This totaled to 135 million tons of waste ending up in landfills — in the year 2012 alone.

The best way to keep these items from the landfills is to recycle them. You may already recycle your aluminum cans, plastic bottles and newspapers — why not consider recycling your building materials and household goods as well?

Here’s what we accept:

  • Cabinets, up-to-date and not damaged
  • Plumbing, usable fixtures, parts and supplies
  • Electrical, usable fixtures, parts and supplies
  • Windows, insulated glass, no broken glass, no sashes accepted
  • Hardware, knobs, hinges, locks, nails, cabinet pulls, nuts, bolts, screws
  • Lumber, clean, no cracks, splits, nails
  • Doors and door accessories
  • Roofing, no scrap metal materials please
  • Tools, hand, garden, working power
  • Flooring, wood (clean), ceramic tile, vinyl
  • Millwork/trim, wood casing and base (clean), vinyl base, ceramic
  • Furnaces and air conditioners
  • Large Appliances, any condition
  • Furniture – no rips or stains
  • Paint, full gallons, less than 2 yrs old
  • Kitchen and bath fixtures, neutral color
  • Bricks

And here’s what we cannot accept:

  • Broken bricks
  • Broken glass or Mirrors
  • Open or partial cans of paint
  • Paint thinner or other hazardous or toxic chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Unframed glass
  • Open or used wallpaper
  • Used carpet
  • Beds, mattresses or bed parts
  • Carpet pads
  • Window screens or Storm windows
  • Window treatments, i.e. shades and curtains
  • Partial sheet goods (less than ½ sheet)
  • Window parts and pieces

 

Thank you for helping the ReStore protect the environment and support the building of affordable homes in our community. We hope this is your best Earth Day yet.

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org or call 218-284-5253 to arrange a pickup.

 

 

Eastwood Elementary Raises $7,373 for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity

Class Representatives along with Dr. Henry, Rob Rich, Habitat board members Angie McCarthy and Leann Wolff, and Bell State Bank & Trust Representatives Doug and Dave

A BIG thank you to the students, staff and teachers of Eastwood Elementary in West Fargo. They put on a penny drive that raised a whopping $4,373.98, which included a $1000 check as part of Bell State Bank & Trust‘s Pay It Forward program.

 

 

 

Dave Idso from Bell State Bank & Trust presenting Rob Rich the Pay it Forward Checks with Dr. Paula Henry, Eastwood Elementary principal.

 

An additional three people from Bell State gave their Pay it Forward checks to Habitat, for a total of $7,373.98. Rob Rich, Executive Director, and Pete Christopher,Habitat Resource Development and Marketing Manager went to Eastwood on Friday to accept the change (alot of change) and checks. Thanks Eastwood Elementary and Bell State Bank! Your generosity will go a long way to help us build simple, decent and affordable housing for those in need.

For more information about this event, volunteering, donating or general inquiries, please contact habitat@lakeagassizhabitat.org.

 

Public Relations Committee Spotlight

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is very grateful for all of the outstanding volunteers and would like to recognize one committee in particular. The Public Relations (PR) Committee is a diverse, volunteer-driven group composed of area professionals with backgrounds in public relations and marketing. They play an integral role in our growth and are responsible for sharing Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s mission with the people living in Cass and Clay counties.

 

Angie Ryan, NetWork Center, Inc., Marketing Director

How long have you been on the PR committee? Since 2006.

Why are you involved? ”I believe in Habitat’s mission and have seen first-hand how Habitat is changing lives in our community. I love to see how families have been positively affected by the work of Habitat volunteers from the work done on a build site to the behind-the-scenes work of Habitat’s many committees. It is incredible to see the elation and sense of pride and accomplishment in the homeowner’s eyes when they receive the keys to their new home.”

Why is Habitat an important organization?  “Through Habitat for Humanity, those who may not have the means to overcome their hardships by themselves are given the hope of conquering adversity with the help of volunteers. They are truly given a hand up by Habitat and all who support Habitat’s mission.”

 

Kaitlin Kluver, KLJ, Aviation Project Assistant

How long have you been on the PR committee? Since January 2013.

Why are you involved?  “Habitat for Humanity helps families start again, giving them the opportunity to build a home in every sense of the word.”

Why is Habitat an important organization? “I enjoy serving alongside of the other community members who believe in Habitat’s mission to put God’s love into action… bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

 

 

Bryce Goodell, Public Relations Specialist, The Promersberger Company

How long have you been on the PR committee? Since 2006.

Why are you involved? “I believe in the mission of Habitat and enjoy helping our local families.”

Why is Habitat an important organization? “I feel that Habitat is important because safe, decent and affordable housing is a great foundation for families. In addition, I believe it gives them a sense of security and pride.”

 

 

 

 


Heidi Knutson, Western State Bank, Vice President/Sales & Marketing Director

How long have you been on the PR committee?  Since 2012.

Why are you involved? “I am involved so I can help spread the word to the community about Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.”

Why is Habitat an important organization? “Lake Agassiz Habitat is a great organization to be a part of because you can help in so many ways. You can serve on a committee, you can donate money, you can help with a home build, and much more. It takes so many people to volunteer their time, money and efforts to help a family have a chance to have a home to call their own. Without the LAHFH some children may not know what it’s like to have their own room, their own yard or a place to sit down as a family for dinner. I feel fortunate that my small efforts along with thousands of others that volunteer/donate can help make this a reality.”

Katie Sullivan, Ulteig, Marketing Communications Specialist

How long have you been on the PR committee? Since 2013.

Why are you involved? “Last year, I participated in a Women’s Build through a previous employer. After that experience, I was hooked and wanted to become more involved. I was inspired by Lake Agassiz’s commitment to helping community members realize their dreams of homeownership, but I’m not that handy with a hammer. That’s why I decided to join the PR committee.”

Why is Habitat an important organization? “Habitat makes a noticeable difference in our community by bringing decent and affordable housing to those in need. After meeting families that have been touch by the non-profit, I am comfortable saying that Habitat not only helped them afford a home, but also assisted them in developing meaningful life skills, such as financial responsibility”

 

Emalee Hedberg, Marketing Intern at NetWork Center, Inc

How long have you been on the PR committee? Since 2013.

Why are you involved? “I want to use my design skills to help benefit an organization that has such a great and positive impact on the community.”

 Why is Habitat an important organization? “Habitat is an organization that directly impacts the community. They build hope for families, provide stable housing, and continuously fight against poverty. It is so great to be a part of an organization that brings people together to serve others and put God’s love into action.”

 

If you are interested in joining a Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity committee or would like more information about volunteer opportunities, please email events@lakeagassizhabitat.org or call us at  218-284-5253. Hope to hear from you soon!

These 6 Upcycled Projects Were Made Right at ReStore

Upcycled home projects have become one of the coolest ways to DIY. From re-purposed light fixtures that bring new style to a room to doors that function as tables, there are so many ways to upcycle old furniture and fixtures into new and unique pieces.

That’s exactly what a few staff members at ReStore have been doing. By putting some TLC into old, donated pieces, they’ve been able to turn them into completely new—and sellable—furnishings. All the materials used for these 6 projects came right from ReStore—and the amount each piece cost to make just might surprise you.

Upcycled Vanity 
It didn’t take much to give this old vanity a cool modern update. The vanity was sanded and painted white. Then a 2×12 piece of lumber was stained, sealed with 3 coats of polyurethane, and made into a counter top. The addition of a vessel sink and tall faucet added extra flair to this piece.
Total cost of ReStore materials (not including sink and faucet): $30

School Door Coffee Table 
The antique wood used to create this table makes it a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for a room. The old school doors used in this project previously decorated the walls in the ReStore receiving room, and a piece of early-1900s hardwood salvaged from a deconstruction job was used for the bottom shelf. All it took to produce this unique table was some cutting, sanding, assembling and polyurethane sealing.
Total cost of ReStore materials: $35

Window Coffee Table 
This coffee table doubles as a functional storage space. An old window from a salvage deconstruction job was used, as was the same 1900s hardwood used in the school door coffee table. 4 spindles were cut down for the legs and the outside of the table was painted white. Then hinges were attached to the inside of the table so the window top could be opened, creating a great space for storage.
Total cost of ReStore materials: $20

Console TV Shelf
There’s no need to throw out an ancient console TV when you can make it functional! The insides of this old Zenith console TV were taken out and replaced with a middle shelf and a piece of wainscot on the back. The outside was painted Cool Breeze Blue and the inside was painted white.
Total cost of ReStore materials: $20

Door Mirror 
Here’s a creative and rustic way to display a mirror in a foyer, porch or other part of your home. This project was quick and easy—all it took was an old door and mirror. Some of the paint that was coming off the door was scraped away, and 3 coats of polyurethane were applied. Then the glass window panels were replaced with cut pieces of an old mirror.
Total cost of ReStore materials: $15

 

 

 

Upcycled Light Fixture 
Transforming an old light fixture into a more contemporary piece can completely change the look of a room—and it was a really simple project for the ReStore staff. This fixture was spray painted with metal paint. Then the globes were replaced with more modern ones from ReStore. Done!
Total cost of ReStore materials: $10

It’s amazing what you can create on a budget. Find these and more upcycled projects on the ReStore Facebook page at facebook.com/lahfhrestore. And don’t forget to stop into ReStore to check out our latest upcycled projects—or get the supplies to make your own!

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th Street North in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. Visit us online at lakeagassizhabitat.org.

Don’t Destruct, Deconstruct

Whether you’re a homeowner ready to tackle a remodeling project or a contractor about to perform a renovation, consider utilizing the help of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your deconstruction project.

If you have a deconstruction project coming up, ReStore employees will assist you in salvaging reusable materials that can be resold at the store. From flooring and cabinets to leftover lumber and supplies, the ReStore places saved materials from deconstruction projects onto store shelves to benefit other homeowners and divert materials from area landfills. In fact, the ReStore has already diverted approximately 4,900,000 pounds of material from landfills since July 2009.

 

Why should you help?

  • Aside from the environmental benefit of diverting supplies from landfills, letting the ReStore help with your deconstruction project can save you the time and money associated with dumping your supplies. While landfills often charge $30-$60 per load, the ReStore does not charge you to get rid of gently used materials and will even pick them up from you to save you the trip.
  • All donations are tax deductable.
  • As they say, many hands makes the burden light. By calling the ReStore to assist with your deconstruction project, you can save yourself time and energy with free labor. 
  • It’s an effortless way to give back to the community. Resources you give back to the ReStore directly benefit community members who are looking to improve their homes. But by donating supplies from your deconstruction project, you are also supporting the greater mission of Habitat for Humanity, which helps to provide affordable homes to people in need.

To schedule a deconstruction, contact Randy or Jason at 218-284-5253, ext. 1 or restore@lakeagassizhabitat.org.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th St. N., Moorhead, Minnesota. The hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. See what products are in stock by checking out Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Facebook photo albums or visit the website at www.lakeagassizhabitat.org.

 

Fourth Annual “Home is Where the Art Is” Set for February 22

Take a break from the cold and head over to The Spirit Room this Saturday, February 22 for a night of art and fun. Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity will host its fourth annual Home is Where the Art is Recycled Art Show and Silent Auction on February 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at The Spirit Room or at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.

A home constructor’s version of Starry Night. By Gary Brekke

 

The Art Show features work by local area artists who have used at least one recycled piece from the Habitat ReStore. All proceeds from the art auction will be put toward the mission of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, which seeks to provide decent, safe and affordable homes to families in Cass and Clay counties.

 

“Bird Palace” By Kathy Luther

 

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Olivia at events@lakeagassizhabitat.org or 218-284-5253.

 

 

5 Upcycled DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts from the Heart

Flowers. Candy hearts. Chocolate. A fancy dinner. Sure, you could give your sweetheart something expected this Valentine’s Day. But, if you’ve got a crafty side and just a few bucks for all the supplies you’ll need at ReStore, you can make a hand-crafted, decorative gift they’ll be sure to love even more.

Pallet Passion

Create this charming craft with a wooden pallet or some wood furniture shims you’ll find at ReStore. Then grab some red paint, sandpaper and a rub-on word or two—and that’s it! You’ve got a simple yet striking piece of decorative pallet art for someone to set on a shelf or hang on a wall. Check out DIY Beautify for a tutorial.

 

 

 

 

Cupid’s Coasters

Win over your Valentine with a set of personalized coasters for their coffee table. Pick up some tile squares from ReStore, like the crafters at The DIY Playbook did, then grab some paint markers, felt stickers and other accessories and create a set of colorful, unique drink coasters that make the perfect gift.

Lightbulb Love 

Light up the life of somebody special with this unique lightbulb gift from Design Sponge. Pick up a glass bulb and scrap wood from ReStore, plus some red wire and a few tools, and you’ll have everything you need to create a lovely, heartfelt decoration that can be displayed year-round on a desk, dresser or shelf.

 

Adored Door Décor

Make a hanging piece of art for your sweetheart’s front door—out of another door! Find a cabinet door at your local ReStore, like a blogger at Her View from the Sandhills did. Grab some paint, some fabric and some letter stencils and put it all together to make a welcoming sign that visitors will love, too!

Salvaged Heart Art

Give someone a piece of your heart with this scrap wood art from My Altered State. All it takes to make your own is some plywood and scrap wood you’ll find at ReStore. Creatively cut and arrange the scrap wood pieces, then glue it all together. The finished heart can be hung from a tree, a fence, a doorframe—anywhere you want to show the love!DIY Scrap Wood Hearts

 

Visit ReStore for everything you need to share the love this Valentine’s Day! Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 210 11th St. N., Moorhead, Minn. The hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday. See what products are in stock by checking out Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Facebook photo albums or visit the website at www.lakeagassizhabitat.org.

 

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