Living in an apartment can feel like an excuse to ignore green living. After all, you have minimal control over what appliances are in your space or what building materials are used in your home. Yet that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to help protect the environment, at least a little. Here are some apartment-friendly green living tips you can embrace today.
Insulate and Seal
While you may not be able to add insulation to the walls within your apartment, you can take other measures to better insulate and seal your space. Use window insulator kits to add temporary insulation around windows in the cold season, and consider adding removable insulation around door jams or other leaky spots.
Flush with Care
Flushing the toilet takes quite a bit of water, but you can make some changes that will limit the amount of water that’s getting flushed every time you go. Place an upright glass jar in the toilet tank. When you flush, the water in the jar will remain inside, so you will save a quart or a pint of water every time you flush. If it’s just you or you and your significant other, you can also avoid flushing liquid waste and save the flushes for solid materials.
Commercial cleaners are really damaging on the environment. Make your own by mixing 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda with two liters of water. This will clean almost every surface in your home, including mirrors!
All electronic devices, including your enthronement system, should be unplugged when not in use. Even if they are switched off, these devices will draw some energy. If you can’t unplug, make sure they are completely turned off. You can make this process simpler by plugging devices in to a surge protector, then flipping the surge protector to the “off” position when you’re done using the device.
Did you know that around 40% of the food produced in the United States never gets eaten? It takes energy to create, cook and store this food, and that energy is completely wasted. Be conscious of how much food you buy, and aim to buy only what you’re going to use. When possible, choose food from local growers and producers to reduce energy used getting the food to you.
After reducing food waste, make sure you take advantage of recycling programs. If your apartment doesn’t have one, find a community based one, but recycle whatever you can.
Remember, it’s up to each individual to take measures to reduce waste and cut your energy use. If we all do our part, even when living in an apartment community, we will be able to make this world a better place for the future.