Are you trying to reduce your carbon footprint dramatically, or at least pay more attention to how eco-conscientiously you’re living? It’s possible to be greener even if you’re living in an apartment that’s owned by another person or property management company.
If you’ve been looking for eco-friendly apartment living tips, you can find eight right here.
1. Recycle whenever possible. Recycling plastics, metals and paper isn’t just efficient — it can also help you keep clutter from building up in your house and lower your trash bills. Be sure to clean all your recyclables before putting them into the recycling bin.
2. When you bring something home, let go of two other things. For instance, let’s say you buy a new pair of sandals. In response, why not put two garments you no longer use in the nearest Goodwill bin? You’ll be sure not to overcrowd your home if you use this two-for-one method.
3. Visit the library more often. Instead of buying books, why not borrow them from the local library? You’ll have more room on your bookshelves for plants, which will help naturally keep the air fresher.
4. Use only natural products for all your cleaning. Opt for natural solutions and detergents over those that contain harsh chemicals. You can also make your own cleaning products. Consider mixing half vinegar and half warm water as a quick disinfectant and deodorizer for countertops, tile floors and more.
5. Turn down the heat and turn up the air conditioning. You don’t have to be uncomfortable, but if it’s 30 degrees outside and you’re walking around your apartment in shorts, you’re wasting heat. Throw on some sweats and turn the thermostat down. Every degree you reduce saves you money. In the summer, keep the windows open instead of using fans or central air conditioning as long as you can.
See how convenient it can be to adopt a green living lifestyle to the apartment experience? As long as you aren’t doing anything that would harm the apartment, you should feel great about your eco-friendlier choices.