In this economy we are always looking for great ways to save money and help the environment…. use your library. People buy millions of books a year and millions of trees are used to create those books, never-mind the fuel and emissions used to delivery them to stores or directly to your home. Everyone seems to have a Kindle, iPad, Nook, or some other device but they need to be charged and many of the components used to make them are ultimately harmful to the environment when we are done with them. The greenest option is to go the library and borrow the book you want to read.
Library’s have up to date books that have just come out (maybe not 50 Shades of Grey). Even if you are a slow reader you can renew the book and keep it longer. Even if you do not return it the day it is due you will be giving a contribution to the library to buy more books and will still be cheaper than buying the book.
Do not forget to bring the kids. Library’s are know to attract the kids and their parents but really they are a great resource of education for the kids. You are not going to go to your local Barnes and Nobel and purchase a book about ladybugs because you daughter saw one in her bedroom but you can take one of out of the library (or even better read it to her there!).
Many library’s also have movies to rent, even if they charge a nominal fee I gaurentee it will cheaper than Netflix’s or your cables on-demand prices.
Goto the library, get a card and get a print out of their hours to put on your fridge so you know when they are open. Most cities now have agreements with other towns so you can take out books at more than one towns library in case yours does not have the book you want.
Obviously there will be some books that you want to purchase to keep for reference but really how many times are you going to read the new Sue Grafton book?? Do you really need your own, new copy??
Going to the library is definitely a great way to help the environment.