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Going Green In Your Apartment


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Here are some helpful tips for making apartment living more eco-friendly.

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Going Green In Your Apartment

  1. 1. Going Green In YOUR APARTMENT Plant a Garden Planting vegetables and herbs on your balcony means you don’t have to rely on industrialized farming as much. You could even share your bounty with others in your building and create a sort of co-op. When it’s time to furnish your place, look at consignment stores or estate sales first. You may be able to find some nice pieces that will be kept out of landfills by giving them a second chance at life. Recycle Furniture When choosing area rugs, furniture or decor, look for sustainable materials. Bamboo, glass and metal help cut down on deforestation and don’t require the use of VOCs to treat them. Choose Sustainable Materials The cleaning products you use can find their way into the water supply, which can be a big problem if they contain harsh chemicals. When you’re shopping, always look for organic or all-natural cleansers. Look for Green Cleaners Hang Curtains Window treatments do more than add character to your living area. Shades and curtains also help you regulate the temperature inside your apartment. Keep them closed during the day and you won’t need to use your air conditioner as often. Use LED Light Bulbs Artificial light consumes a lot of energy, even in a relatively small space. Switching your incandescent bulbs for energy-efficient LEDs can reduce the amount of power your apartment consumes by a substantial amount over time. Stop Using Paper Towels Buy a supply of cloth towels and rags to reduce your dependence on disposable paper goods. You won’t be contributing to waste the next time you need to wipe up a spill. Watch for Leaks A drippy faucet or showerhead might not seem like a reason to call your building manager right away, but you shouldn’t neglect this issue. Over time, those drips can add up to a lot of wasted water. Use Your Recycling Bin Make sure you know what types of plastics, papers or glass your community accepts for recycling and only put those in your bin. Otherwise, there’s a chance everything will be tossed into a landfill. Before leaving for work in the morning, unplug your TV, video game console or computer. Even when they’re turned off, a lot of modern electronics continue to draw power and waste energy. That goes for smartphones and tablets, too — make sure you don’t leave them plugged in once they’re charged. Unplug What You’re Not Using Here are some helpful tips for making apartment living more eco-friendly.