Posted on August 27, 2013 by
Sustainable apartment living can be a challenge! Apartment dwellers are limited in what they can do. After all, apartments do not belong to the renters like a house belongs to its owner. This makes it more difficult for renters to implement certain sustainable practices like the installation of energy efficient appliances and alternative heating or water systems. On the other hand, homeowners have more control over their own homes. It is usually easier for homeowners to set up recycling programs, grow their own fruits and vegetables, and modify their homes to use alternative energy.
However, there are many things that people in apartments can do in order to reduce their impact on the environment. With a little effort, those who live in apartments can do their part. Here are some actions that apartment dwellers can take in order to have a more sustainable lifestyle:
– Whether you live in an apartment or a house, recycling is one of the best things we can all do in order to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills. However, depending on where you live, recycling might be more difficult in an apartment. Your apartment complex might not have recycle bins. Even though it takes more effort to find the nearest recycling center, you can still recycle all sorts of items like plastics, glass, and paper. Place a recycle bin next to the trash in every room of your apartment to help you remember. Many cities have their own recycling programs so find out what is available in your area.
– The amount of space in your apartment is usually limited so try to reuse many everyday items like boxes, shipping materials, and scratch paper instead of tossing them. Donate clothes that you no longer wear and books, magazines, and movies you no longer want. Instead of using plastic water bottles, buy a refillable water bottle or water filter that attaches to your faucet. Instead of using plastic sacks at the grocery store, buy reusable tote bags. Apartment dwellers are also large targets for junk mail. Find a way to stop it from clogging your mailbox.
Grow Plants in Your Apartment
– Most apartments come with either a patio or balcony and these are great places for a small garden. Although your garden won’t be as large as one in a backyard, you can still grow your favorite vegetables in containers and hanging planters. Having your own plants and vegetables is beneficial in many different ways!
Save on Electricity
Even when appliances are turned off, they can still draw electricity if they are plugged in. In order to avoid this and cut down on your electricity bill, unplug energy drainers when not in use. Plug your electronics, like computers, TVs, and cell phone chargers, into power strips. Use your washing machine and dishwasher only when you have full loads. Washing all of your clothes in cold water also cuts down on energy consumption.
Regulate the Temperature Wisely –
One of the hardest parts about apartment living is keeping the temperature comfortable without racking up a huge energy bill. You can keep your apartment cooler in the summer by covering your windows, using a fan, and only running the air conditioner on a timer. In the winter, keep your place warm by insulating windows, closing doors, and using space heaters if you are allowed.
Find Different Ways of Transportation
– Living in an apartment usually means that you are closer to central areas of your city or town. Make an effort to use alternative transportation like buses and riding your bike. If that’s not an option, consider carpooling with a coworker who lives nearby.
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