Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day graphic

April 22, 2019, marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day. The challenges being faced by today’s consumer make the need to conserve energy and live with greater efficiency more important than ever! We have an unprecedented opportunity—now more than ever—to build a healthy, prosperous, clean-energy economy for ourselves and our future generations.

Be sure to stop by George Memorial Library in Richmond on Saturday, April 13, for our Earth Day Festival. Learn about ways to help the planet by reducing waste, and discover how to save money as well! Click here for more info on the event!

Learn how to save money by making your house energy-smart with Paul Scheckel’s book, The Home Energy Diet.  Bruce Harley offers 150 tips to save money and make your home more comfortable and green in his book, Cut Your Energy Bills Now.

In his book Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits, David Findley offers simple solutions to lower energy costs and increase your home’s efficiency. Find out about nontoxic, hypoallergenic alternatives for household cleaners with Ellen Sandbeck’s book, Organic Housekeeping.

Are you interested in starting a garden and growing your own food? What are some ways we can “get back to basics” and live a more resourceful lifestyle? Find helpful tips in the book Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More. Discover bio-intensive methods of sustainable horticulture with John Jeavons’ book, How to Grow More Vegetables. Paul Tukey shares his natural, low-maintenance system to keeping a beautiful and safe lawn in his book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual.

book cover of "The Salvage Sisters' Guide to Finding Style in the Street"

Kathleen Hackett and Mary Ann Young bring the art of recycling to a whole new level in their book, The Salvage Sisters’ Guide to Finding Style in the Street and Inspiration in the Attic. For more ideas on transforming reclaimed treasures, try Marcianne Miller’s book, Salvage Style for the Garden.

These books and many more provide a wealth of cost- and energy-saving ideas to transform your lifestyle and save the Earth at the same time! Here are some other books that might give you ideas on ways to recycle, reduce, or repurpose…

Save Energy Save Money!: 201 Do-It-Yourself Projects, Tips, and Ideas

Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home

The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence Through Solar, Wind, Biomass, and Hydropower

Green Home Improvement: 65 Projects That Will Cut Utility Bills, Protect Your Health, Help the Environment

Green Changes You Can Make Around Your Home

How to Build Chicken Coops: Everything You Need to Know

Art of the Chicken Coop: A Fun and Essential Guide to Housing Your Peeps

The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People