Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to going green, says a representative from Post Brothers Apartments. In fact, living in an apartment in and of itself is a good place to start, because apartments have many qualities which make them more environmentally friendly than houses. For starters, apartments house more people per square mile than individual houses, meaning they take up much less land. They can also be heated and cooled using less energy.
Apartment buildings also tend to repair appliances when they can be repaired, rather than throw them out, resulting in fewer appliances in landfills and fewer resources used in the manufacturing of new products. Finally, apartments tend to be located in more heavily populated areas, so residents are sometimes able to walk to work, to school, or to parks; public transportation routes are also likely to be more accessible, and using these can save large a mounts of energy, fuel, and money.
Besides these earth-friendly benefits apartments offer, residents can take other steps to ensure they are living as green as possible. Post Brothers Apartments, outline the energy-efficient appliances and processes they use in all of their apartments, say that people can maximize the green benefits of these amenities by making sure that appliances are turned off and, when practical, unplugged when not in use. Cell phone chargers, coffee makers, and the like should be plugged in only when being actively used to avoid an unnecessary electricity drain.
Avoiding water bottles is another thing apartment residents can do to help the environment. Plastic water bottles take up a staggering amount of space in landfills, and the water is often the exact same water that comes out of the kitchen faucet. Invest in some reusable water bottles and refill them throughout the day.
Use your windows, says Post Brothers Apartments, to help either warm or cool your apartment to further conserve energy. Covering large windows in the summer can help tremendously with air conditioning bills; leaving them uncovered in the winter lets in sunshine and warms your apartment while saving you money. Specialized curtains that can help to block out the heat from the sun, or to keep the warmth in during the winter, can lead to a great reduction of costs on your energy bill. However, don’t forget that the windows are a great source of natural light. When the temperature outside is just right, leave the windows open and the light switches off.
Decorating green is another way to improve your apartment’s environmental friendliness. For example, look for secondhand furniture, artwork, and accessories. You can always repaint an end table or picture frame; buying used will save you money while conserving energy. Check yard sales, thrift shops, and websites like Craigslist and Freecycle to find great items you can upcycle.
To improve your air quality without an electric purifier, grow lots of plants, suggests Post Brothers Apartments. If you have a balcony, this can be a great place for several. If you don’t, you can still grow plants inside near a sunny window. Do your research on container gardening, indoor plants, and growing herbs indoors for ideas about how to get started.
One way Post Brothers advocates to help the environment in your apartment is to be mindful of how much trash you generate. Find out about your apartment complex’s recycling procedures. If none are in place, you can still establish your own system for recycling, separating your trash into separate containers for paper, glass, and plastic, for example. Switch to online billing where possible to reduce your paper mail.
If you live in an apartment, you probably have convenient access to public transportation, so take advantage of it. Or walk if your destination is within a few blocks of your apartment. Also explore your carpooling options, maybe with neighbors or with people from your office or school.
Yet another way to live green in an apartment is to conserve water. Post Brothers Apartments suggests not doing laundry until you have a full load for maximum efficiency, and using cold water whenever possible. Ditto with the dishwasher – you can’t use cold water, but you can wait until you have a full load of dishes before running this appliance, especially because the dishwasher will use the same amount of water and energy regardless of how empty or full it is.
If you are looking for an apartment, choose one that already incorporates environmentally friendly choices and contains energy efficient appliances. Also use the above tips – and others you may think of – to participate in the green movement that is so important in conserving Earth’s resources and avoiding waste as much as possible. Contact Post Brothers Apartments to find out more about the green features in their luxury apartments.