Going green is a popular movement today, but it also helps boost your apartment’s energy performance at the same time. It doesn’t take much effort from you either. Turn off the lights when you leave the room, or unplug chargers once your devices have charged completely, and you will have already improved your apartment living situation and provided an improvement to your apartment’s energy efficiency. If you’re looking to lower your electricity bill and decrease your carbon footprint, here are a few apartment living tips for going green:
- Change your air filters: This you can do by yourself, or many apartment communities replace air filters for free if you send the building manager a written request. The air conditioner won’t need to work as hard, and if you live in milder climate, ditch the air conditioner, and utilize oscillating and ceiling fans instead.
- Look out for leaks: Whether or not the water bill is your responsibility, common leaks should be repaired immediately. The most common are dripping faucets, showerheads and leaking toilet flappers. Call your maintenance man or management as soon as you see a problem. If you’re a DIY-type, many of these leaks can repaired easily.
- Upgrade appliances: If you’ve brought in your own washing machine and dryer, consider upgrading them if they’re older or broken. ENERGY STAR products make a difference for both the environment and your utility bill. Contact your electricity provider, because many offer programmable thermostats at little to no cost to you. You will be able to schedule when the temperature in your apartment should be raised, like in the evenings or when you’re not at home.
- Use eco-friendly products: Many household cleaners are potentially toxic to you, your home and the environment. There have been more eco-friendly cleaners available today than in the past, especially in carpet cleaners, window cleaners and laundry detergents. You can also make your own household cleaners by using ingredients that you probably already own. Just do a quick Google or Pinterest search, and you’ll find an array of easy how-to’s.
For a more thorough look for serious environmentalists, check out EPA's 'Going Green' checklist.
As you can see, being earth-friendly is simple, and it begins in your apartment home. Don’t forget the best way to go green is to recycle and cut down on consumption, especially with electricity and water. Every effort helps, and if more people participate in going green, utility costs will decline, and the planet will benefit in the future.