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Beat the Summer Heat!

The summer heat is here and it’s time to think about ways to cool your home while conserving energy! You can take actions now that will keep you more comfortable during these hot summer days, save you some money, and help the environment!

Cool Your Home Efficiently 

• Consider using window A/C units to cool specific spaces, and closing off those rooms that you don’t need to cool. By reducing the space you want to cool, you’ll be more comfortable and you’ll save money!

• Cool your house at night by opening windows and using fans to cool off if you don’t have air conditioning. Close windows early in the morning and keep them closed all day.

• Use ceiling and portable fans to blow air on you and your family members. Remember: fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you’re not in the same room.

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Maintaining a Healthy and Environmentally-Friendly Home

Making environmentally-friendly choices for your family and your home can also translate into healthy choices. From eating local to getting indoor plants, there are many ways that you can be happy and comfortable in your home year round.

 

1. Eat local, or plant your own food.

Eating local is great for your health and the planet’s health. Local food tends to have more nutrients since it ripens naturally, and food that travels long distances is often picked before it’s ripe. Local food means less greenhouse gas emissions, as it travels shorter distances and is often farmed in a more sustainable way. Similarly, you can consider starting your own at-home garden to plant your own food.

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DIY Bookshelf Out of Surplus Wood

If you have scrap wood leftover from a remodeling project, this DIY bookshelf craft is perfect so that your wood won’t go to waste! We got our reclaimed wood scraps and paint from EcoBuilding Bargains!

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6 Ways to Stay Environmentally Friendly on Vacation

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’re probably starting to plan a fun summer vacation! While traveling, keep these 6 environmentally friendly tips in mind:

1. Bring Reusable Items 

Bringing a water bottle, reusable utensils, coffee cup, or foldable bags on your trip will reduce the need to buy single use products that are oftentimes more harmful towards the environment.

2. Support Local Stores

Supporting local entities maximizes both social and economic benefits of nearby communities while additionally supporting the culture and environment of the places you are visiting.

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Spring 2019 Reuse Rockstar Competition Winners

Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Spring Reuse Rockstar Competition! This competition highlights the creative and skillfully made projects our customers make with materials from EcoBuilding Bargains. The community voted for the project they liked best at our EcoBuilding Bash on Saturday, May 11th. All of the projects submitted were inspiring and creative, we are so grateful we have customers who choose to reuse and upcycle!

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