It’s Earth Week and that means you can expect to see lots of green. But before your unplug your Prius and head to the grocery store with your reusable bags, Habitat ReStore has a list of 8 ways to go green that you probably haven’t heard about.
1. Drive Less
Trading in your car for a bicycle probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reduce your vehicle’s energy use. Think twice about driving to the grocery store a second time this week. Plan your errand routes so that you’re driving the least distance possible. Carpool with a friend to work or the gym.
2. Become a member of a CSA
The distance your food travels from the field to the produce section in your local grocery store is probably greater than you think. Community supported agriculture (CSA) helps reduce transport energy by connecting local farmers with individual consumers. Become a member of a reputable CSA farm and start receiving local fresh goods while saving energy.
3. Buy digital media instead of printed media. (Books, movies, songs, etc.)
Almost every traditional printed media has gone digital. By eliminating manufacturing and shipping costs of printed media – DVDs, CDs, and books – you’ll be saving lots of energy. If you’ve needed a reason to go completely digital, this is it.
4. Buy used instead of new.
Next time you need new clothes, household items, or home improvement materials, think twice about shopping a retail store. Local thrift stores like Habitat ReStore have many of the same gently used items at dramatically reduced prices. As an added bonus, most thrift stores use their revenue to help fund nonprofit organizations, so you can feel good knowing that your money is going towards a good cause.
5. Use a reusable container for morning coffee.
Your morning cup of Joe comes in a disposable cup that always ends up in the trash. Have your favorite barista fill you up using a reusable container. Some coffee shops even give discounts for reusable cups.
6. Switch to LED light bulbs.
Not all light bulbs are created equal. New LED light bulbs can last literally a lifetime and use less energy than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs have life ranges of 18-46 years and produce clear and bright light.
7. Wash in cold water instead of hot.
Cold water uses less energy than hot water. Wash your clothes in cold water with a concentrated cold-water formulated detergent. Energy savings will start to add up quickly.
8. Stop receiving unsolicited junk mail.
Most of the annoying credit card offers go from mailbox straight to the trash, right? Contact companies that frequently send you junk mail and ask them to stop. You’ll be saving paper resources and the energy the postal service uses to get it to you.
Habitat ReStore is a home improvement thrift store that sells gently new and use home improvement materials, furniture, and appliances to the general public. All proceeds from the store support Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity in building homes and hope in partnership with families in Cass and Clay Counties. To make a tax-deductible donation of materials to Habitat ReStore, bring your donation to 210 11th St. North, Moorhead during store hours or call 218-284-5253 x3 to schedule a donation pick-up. The ReStore is open Monday-Friday from 10-6 and Saturdays 10-4.