$ave Green at Home

Save Money, Save the Planet...

What practical things can we do in our daily lives to protect our living environment, save money, and contribute to good jobs for people in our community? 

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  • Join a CSA Community Supported Agriculture shares work by having you pay a set amount up front, and then receiving weekly food shares throughout the growing season.  Buying 'in bulk' like this is good for your wallet and good for the local economy.  By joining a CSA you help support small farms, connect with the food you eat, eat well and protect the environment.

  • How does this save costs? Some farms offer “working shares”, where members can work in exchange for a lower payment. Subsidized CSA shares--50% off--are available for households with limited income through Healthy Food for All (HFFA). Some farms require upfront payment; others offer payment plans. Some farms also accept SNAP or food stamps, including all HFFA members. Find out about CSA's in the Tompkins County area by clicking here.

  • Questions? Contact Avi Miner, local food educator at Cooperative Extension of Tompkins, at agm32@cornell.edu or (607) 272-2292. Avi can not only answer your questions, but can come to your workplace and speak on local food resources, including workplace CSA drop-offs. To learn more about subsidized CSA shares provided by Healthy Food for All, contact Elizabeth Karabinakis, Cornell Cooperative Extension, at 607-272-2292 or evk4@cornell.edu.
Home Energy Costs
  • Get an Energy Navigator - There are so many programs - including free or low cost solutions for lower income households, and often for all community members - to help you identify and implement solutions for reducing home heating and energy costs.  But how to navigate the process!   Energy Navigators are concerned and capable residents who help their friends, neighbors and other community members make environmentally and financially sound energy decisions by providing them with useful, locally relevant, unbiased, research-based information and resources. Sign up to have a navigator help you identify the right resources, and lead you through the process to saving money and reducing energy use.

  • DIY Solutions: There are also no-cost/low-cost things you can do on your own or with some help, including weather-stripping windows and doors, insulating your hot water pipes, and programming your thermostat. See here for a list of DIY projects you can do.

Shop Second-Hand

  • Check out all ReUse programs on campus

  • Each year a typical American spends $1,800 on household furnishings and apparel, and a family of four spends closer to $4,500. With reuse stores selling items 70% their retail price, that’s $1,000s of dollars in savings when you buy used.Visit reusetompkins.com, the definitive reuse store directory for Ithaca and Tompkins County. Find over 40 “brick and mortar” stores that sell everything from clothing and accessories, household furnishings, sports and outdoors equipment, arts, crafts and sewing materials, music and books, and more.

  • Cornell community members can use Cornell Thrift on campus, or the Cornell System for Trade & Auction of Cornell Surplus (STACS) to score gently used and extremely inexpensive office and home goods (such as tile or other materials left over from building on campus), as well as clothing and general supplies

  • In addition, there are yard sales throughout the county which are often advertised on craigslist ithaca. There are also two huge events in the community--the Friends of the Library Book Sale, and Dump & Run. And of course there are many places online to find secondhand goods--craigslist, e-bay, amazon...

Tips and Resources provided by Get Your GreenBack Tompkins.
Use Get Your GreenBack for even more tools and resources.

Get Your GreenBack-Key Resources for Cornell Employees (pdf)
Get Your GreenBack Tompkins-Green Your Community(pdf)