Apartment dwellers have plenty of ways to control the impact they have on the environment, and a little bit goes a long way to reducing carbon footprints. Here are some easy green apartment living tips:
Have a green thumb—use your balcony or patio to its fullest extent. You can grow many herbs and vegetables in pots. You don’t actually have to dig up any ground to be a little bit sustainable. While you may not get enough to can to hold you over the entire winter, you will probably get many uses out of some potted vegetables and herbs to make it worthwhile. Just think; if you grow enough for just a few meals, it is less you are buying and just a little better for the environment.
Use your machines wisely. Don’t run the dishwasher if it’s not full. The same goes for the washer and dryer. Wear clothing more than once before you wash it to create less loads. Make your own detergents that are natural.
Clean the green way. It doesn’t matter where you live. You can use green cleaning products like baking soda and vinegar no matter what. You don’t have to live in a house in order to clean with them.
Recycle and re-use. Recycle everything you can. Just because your storage space may be limited in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t save things to be re-used. For instance, rather than buying plastic food storage containers, use the ones that your food comes in.
Be smart with heat and cold. You can weatherize even if you live in an apartment. Simple things like covering your windows in plastic in the winter and using fans to help distribute cold air in the summer can be done no matter when you live. Turn your thermostat down at night in chilly weather and open the windows at night in the summer to allow cooler air in can all be great ways to use less energy.
Get creative. Allow things to air dry on your shower or balcony. Make a mini compost box that fits under your sink. Install low watt CFL light bulbs in the light fixtures. There really is a lot you can do to go green when living in an apartment.
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