Friday, Feb 6, 2015
6 Eco-Friendly Apartment Living Tips
We should all aim to “go green,” but it can sound intimidating. We either don’t want to change our habits or are afraid it might be too daunting a task. However, if you follow these easy steps, you’ll see how easy it is to maintain an eco-friendly apartment:
Recycle & Compost
This is an easy thing to do that just takes a few minutes out of your day. The only things that should be going into the garbage bin are plastic bags, diapers, sanitary products, and dog waste. Nearly everything else has a place in your recycle or compost bins so be sure to use them. Recycling and making proper use of your green bin are easy ways to start maintaining an eco-friendly apartment.
Heat loss in the winter is a big waste of money and also wastes energy. A cheap and easy way to cut down heat loss is to manually insulate the windows in your apartment. Window insulation kits are affordable, easy to install, help you to save money, keep your apartment warm and are eco-friendly to boot. A no brainer!
If you feel chilly in your apartment, don’t reach for the thermostat. Instead, make sure you are dressed as warmly as possible. If you’re lounging around in a T-shirt and boxers, add layers of clothing or use blankets before adjusting the heat level. It is not only eco-friendly, but you’ll save yourself money. In the summer, the opposite applies – make sure to ditch the sweater before cranking up the A/C or putting your fan on full-blast.
Nowadays, with so many electronic devices, we hardly think about their power usage. We have computers running 24/7 and leave phone chargers plugged in all the time. While some devices use miniscule amounts of power when idle or on standby, it is important to set a precedent and be aware of our electricity usage. Power down devices when not in use and unplug devices when you will be away for an extended period of time to reduce standby power usage. Also, make sure you have energy-efficient lightbulbs in your apartment.
Most of us do not even think about our water usage until the water bill comes and, even then, we only care about the money it costs, not the environmental impact. If you want an eco-friendly apartment, you must be conscious of your water use. Make sure you do not have a leaky faucet. Do not leave the tap running while brushing your teeth or scrubbing the dishes and take shorter showers if you find yourself lingering. Consider shutting off the shower while scrubbing then turning it back on to rinse. Small efforts like these can really add up.
Not only do house plants help to liven up the look of an apartment, they can also make it more eco-friendly. House plants can help improve the indoor air quality and are actually natural pollutant fighters. From the simplest green house plant which helps to circulate air to vivid and gorgeous African violets, each performs a unique function and benefits your apartment in an eco-friendly fashion.
Maintaining an eco-friendly apartment doesn’t have to be difficult. You can save money, live in a clean and healthy apartment, and help the planet with just a few simple adjustments.