Nowadays, the need for green living is getting more and more serious with all that pollution coming from various sources – factories, moving vehicles, household waste and so on. People are becoming especially aware of this and this has led to them wanting to embrace a greener way of life, one that could be implemented into their daily life at home. However, green living at home cold be practiced not only if you live in a house, but also in your apartment as well. The options for greener living in an apartment are dozen, but here are the basic advices on how to help preserve our environment.
Mind the waste
On a regular basis, there are tons of trash generated in the apartments by their inhabitants. Ask the landlord whether there is a recycling system in order for you to separate recycled content. A good start are recyclable containers for glass, paper and aluminum. Be mindful about the personal waste in your apartment. Ditch the Styrofoam cups and switch to glass or biodegradable ones. Change to online billing in order to reduce the amount of junkmail you receive in your mailbox. Whenever you order takaway meals, ask if they could be put in cardboard or recyclable containers. Under your sink you can keep a couple of trash cans for immediate sorting of recyclable materials instead of having to go through one big full trash can in search for plastic, metal and glass waste. As for the food waste, it would be good if you could find a way to compost. Because of the lack of backyard, ask around the block and find out whether some of your neighbors living in a house has a compost pile in his/her backyard to which you can add your food waste.
Bring energy consumption to a minimum
You can start off by unplugging all electrical devices whenever they are not in use. A recent research proved that a big number of such devices (TVs, DVD players, VCRs, computers, microwaves, etc) consume a tangible amount of electric power even when in ‘standby’ mode. Also, depending on the season, turn the thermostat up or down by several degrees. There is no need to make the temperature ultra-high during winter or really low in summer. Keep it at a temperature that makes being in the apartment comfortable. This will have a global effect as well as a positive effect on your electricity bill. Replace the old light bulbs with new, power saving ones. Yes, they do cost a little bit more, but it is a smart investment which will pay out with time.
Reduce and reuse
Sure, recycling is smart, but if you can avoid it by reducing, it would be even better. Do your daily shopping by using a tote bag, made of cloth, which can be used over and over again. It is smarter than taking plastic bags with each visit to the grocery store. However, if it happens so that you enter the store without a bag to put your groceries in, choose paper bags, as paper degrades a lot faster than plastic. For your kitchen cleaning needs, utilize cloth rags, instead of paper towels. The latter get used by the pound, whereas the first can be washed and used over and over again. Same goes for the parties you throw in your home. Serve the drinks and meals in real plates, not plastic ones. One run of the dishwasher will make them sparkling clean, whereas if you use plastic ones, you will end up buried in plastic waste. In that line of thoughts, only run the dishwasher when it is completely full in order to save water. Same goes for the washing machine. Running it just for 2 shirts and a pair of jeans makes no sense.
The options for leading a green and eco-friendly life in an apartment are dozens. The limited space you inhabit should be no excuse for embracing at least some of the aforementioned practices.