Spring is right around the corner and what better way to embrace the season than by practicing an eco-friendly lifestyle. Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t make an impact on the environment. These tips for going green are a great way to conserve energy and make the world a better place:
Energy Drains. Leaving lights on all day and electronics plugged in are some ways you continuously use energy you may not even realize. Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you head out the door in the morning, or meet up with friends at night. Shut down your computer each night and unplug cell phone and laptop chargers, coffeemakers, toasters and other small appliances. These small changes can add up to a big difference in your energy consumption – and your electric bills!
Lighten Up. Changing your light bulbs from the typical incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will significantly cut down on your energy usage. CFL bulbs last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and only use a quarter of the energy!
Seasonal Smarts. Pay attention to the temperature you set your air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. Turning your heat down two degrees, and putting it up two degrees in the summer, can save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, as reported by www.greenlivingapartments.com. Wearing an extra layer on chilly nights can help you stay warm while reducing your energy costs and cutting down on your heating bill. Also, look into curtains or other coverings for large windows. Keeping the sun out can help your apartment stay cool on hot days, and can also reduce heat loss in the winter, without using extra energy!
Reduce Waste. Many apartment communities have a recycling program for residents that can help get you started on reducing waste in your apartment. If you’re looking to cut down even more, make a pledge to stop using plastic water bottles in your home. There are a wide variety of water filter systems, including pitchers for your refrigerator or faucet filters, which can be used instead of bottled water. When you’re away from home, look into purchasing a reusable, BPA free, water bottle. It may cost more initially, but you will make up the difference in no time by saving money on bottled water!
Buy some plants. Not only are plants aesthetically pleasing, they are also great for reducing pollutants in the air, reducing the need for other, electric, air cleaning devices. Start a small herb garden in your kitchen, put a vegetable garden on your balcony or keep a potted plant in your living room near a window.
Natural Cleaners. Instead of buying over-the-counter cleaning products, natural options are a great way to keep your home clean and green. Some household items safe and effective for cleaning include vinegar, tea tree oil, lemons, baking soda and salt.