Even if you live in an apartment, there are many ways that you can transform your living space to one that is more eco-friendly.

One of the simplest ways to go green is becoming mindful of the energy being overused, or even wasted, in your apartment. Some specific ways to do this include turning off your computer after using it as well as unplugging your TV and other audio equipment when not in use. Another option would be to plug these items into a surge protector and simply switch that off when you are finished using the equipment. In months of more extreme temperatures, take a look at your thermostat and decide whether it can be turned up or down to conserve energy. To compensate for these changes, simply dress warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer so you are still comfortable. Not only will these things contribute to a green lifestyle, they can also save your quite a bit of money on your utility bills.

You should also examine the way you handle waste in your apartment. It is crucial to adopt a recycling system and speak with your landlord about any possible recycling strategies they may already have in place. Try gathering small storage containers and making a place for them in your kitchen to store your recyclables. For example, try using one container for paper, one for glass and one for aluminum.  When eating at home, steer clear of Styrofoam cups or paper plates and instead opt for glass or machine-washable dinnerware. This can significantly eliminate the amount of waste you accumulate in your apartment which results in spending less of your money on unnecessary items. An effective way to decrease paper waste would be to enroll in as many online or paperless billing programs as possible. Many companies have made this option available to customers.

Also, thinking about your habits when it comes to laundry can be very beneficial. Be sure to gather a full load of items ready before going to wash them. Washing many small loads multiple times can be very detrimental to the environment as you are using up extra energy that you do not need to. It is also a good practice to wash items only when completely necessary. That’s not to suggest adopting a dirty lifestyle, but try to really think about what you may be washing unnecessarily. Try to wash clothes in cold water as much as possible, dry on cooler settings or even hang clothes to dry if at all possible.

My final tip to you for becoming green would be to add some plants and greenery to your apartment.  Not only do they add an aesthetic appeal to your space, but they can also reduce the need for use of electric air cleaning devices, such as air purifiers.

I hope you have found these tips helpful and you may feel inspired to use them to adopt a green lifestyle in your own living space.

This article was written by Bailey Martin. Bailey works with REE Apartments in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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