How to Live Green in an Apartment

Just because you live in an apartment and have less control over the building you're in doesn't mean you can't live in a way that is friendly to the environment. There are still many things you can do to help.

Steps

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    Plant a garden, even if it is only a few containers in a window or patio. Add houseplants for improved indoor air quality. Plants in the house and on the patio or balcony help to ease stress, enhance well-being and improve cooking and eating habits. Don't have a green thumb? Start planting herbs and fast- germinating plants like zinnias and morning glories.
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    Heat and cool green.
    • Dress for the weather, and set your thermostat warmer in summer and cooler in winter.
    • Open a window or door and use outside air to heat or cool, when appropriate. Be sure to turn off your thermostat when you do.
    • Use window blinds to keep heat in or let in sunlight, as appropriate.
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    • Install a programmable thermostat, if possible.
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    • Close doors to unused rooms to avoid heating or cooling them.
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    Choose durable, energy-efficient appliances. Turn them off and unplug them when not in use.
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    Choose furnishings and bedding to be sustainable and free of harmful materials.
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    Conserve water, especially hot water.
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    Choose green products for cleaning and personal care. Consult environmental ratings sites when making your decisions. [1][2]
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    Purchase only as much food as you and your family are likely to eat before it goes bad. Store it safely, so that it stays fresh.
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    Install efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs. Either choice can provide a similar quality and brightness of light but use a fraction of the energy of an incandescent or halogen light bulb.
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    Weather permitting, air dry your laundry on a clothes rack. A typical electric dryer consumes about 4000W, making it one of the most power-hungry appliances there is. Air drying clothing is also quieter, and you may not have to spend as many quarters or as much time in a laundromat or laundry room.
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    Clean your refrigerator coils once a year, for improved efficiency, and to help extend the life of your refrigerator. Defrost your freezer, if it needs it.
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    Learn about the recycling program where you live, and separate your recycling correctly.

Tips

  • Attend festivals that are earth friendly that consists of art goods, crafts, and many things that are made with materials that are environmentally friendly and are good on a budget.

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Categories: Sustainable Living