Green Living Tips for Apartment Renters —

Green Living Tips for Apartment Renters

We live in an age where people want to “go green”. But when it comes to being an apartment resident, you might feel like you have little control over electric, water and other energy usage. Still, here are a few tips that you can implement as an apartment dweller to help conserve energy:

  • When leaving your apartment for long periods of time, unplug your energy guzzling gadgets (television, DVD player, gaming system, etc.). Most of these devices are designed to use energy, even when they are in their off settings, and can waste thousands of kilowatts of energy throughout the year.
  • Instead of using incandescent light bulbs, make the switch to compact fluorescent (CFLs) bulbs. They use 60 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times as long as incandescent bulbs.
  • Switch the washer to the “cold water” setting. This simple switch will save up to 80 percent on energy when doing laundry.
  • Stop touching your thermostat. Instead of constantly readjusting the temperature, decide on a reasonable setting that can remain constant for a few months at a time. This can save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Shop for toxic free cleaning products. While we all want our homes to be clean and comfortable to live in, some cleaning products that you’re washing down the drain are adversely affecting the environment. Read the labels and try to use more natural products.
  • Grocery shop with roommates and with reusable bags. Instead of using the grocery stores plastic or paper bags, bring your own reusable canvas bags to store your groceries. This eliminates a lot of waste that can end up in landfills. Outside of this, should you live with roommates, decide on a day of the week you can all carpool to the grocery store together. Not only will you save loads on gas money, but you’ll save the environment too.
  • Instead of buying the Styrofoam to-go cups at the store, invest in a few nice cups that can be reused for years to come. Not only do many cafes and shops allow you to use your own reusable cup for coffee or tea, but you can also brew your own beverages at home, reducing waste and saving money.
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