Go Green with HRCU
HRCU has taken steps to help preserve our environment by actively recycling paper, thereby converting our use of paper for re-distribution to recycled paper products. Our efforts don’t end there! We also provide water bubblers for communal use, recycle cans and bottles, and host our annual community “Shred Day” to encourage our members to help us “Go Green.”
We also like to promote our environmentally friendly products and services which are provided below:
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Go Green Quick Tips
HRCU is committed to the betterment of our community and our environment. "Going Green" not only impacts the world around us, but it also helps us as individuals. There are a lot of tips for "Going Green" that will not only improve your lifestyle, but reduce the pressure on your wallet.
Here are some fun tips to help you get started:
Don't Trash It, Reuse It
Impulse shopping and shoppers' remorse go hand-in-hand. We step out for just a minute and end up coming home with multiple bags overflowing with non-necessities. Instead of spending your cash to purchase frivolous items, put your creativity to use and make a project of revamping things you already have that you may not use anymore or forgot you even had.
Need ideas? Instead of buying your kids a new box of crayons, you could melt down the broken stubs that are no longer being used and mold your own. You can construct lumineers with old mason jars and Christmas lights or candles. You can even take some of those mismatched Tupperware® containers and use them to pot plants.
Set your Cycle to Cold
Did you know that if the entire population of the United States washed their clothes with cold water it would have a tremendous impact on annual energy costs and CO2 emissions? According to "Going Green Today," we could be looking at saving $3 billion per year and lowering emissions by more than a full percent!
Turn your Car Off
Idling can use a lot of gas. Generally, it's more efficient to turn the car off and restart when you are ready to go. If you are thinking of hitting the drive-through, consider parking and picking up food inside. For short waits, put your car in neutral to avoid burning gas.
Paper or Plastic?
Twelve million barrels of oil produces 88.5 billion plastic bags. If you think that sounds like a lot, it takes four times more energy to make paper bags. Seeing numbers like these give us all the more reason to invest in reusable cotton, nylon, or durable mesh shopping bags. This is not to say never use paper or plastic bags, but use them responsibly and always try to remember to recycle them afterward.
Clean Humidifiers Regularly & Refill with Fresh Water Daily
Humidifiers can become breeding grounds for biological contaminants that can cause illnesses. Evaporation trays in air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators should be cleaned frequently to prevent contaminants from building up.
Install Heat Reflectors
These are thin sheets that fit behind radiators, to reflect heat away from the wall and into the room, thereby maximizing each radiator's efficiency.
Decorate with Delight
Ask your children to make garland and wreaths from leftover construction paper, wild berries, fruits and nuts. Craft homespun centerpieces from boughs and pinecones gathered in your yard. Brighten up doors and hallways with holiday greeting cards. Trade decorations with friends or family to add a "new" flair to your home without having to buy new products.
Use Window Quilts or Shutters over your Windows
They keep the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer! A non-insulated drape can cut window heat loss by one-third. An insulated drape can reduce it by half.
If you have any ideas on other ways for us to Go Green, we're open to your suggestions. Write to us at gogreen at hrcu dot org and share your thoughts.