Going green is great for reducing your carbon footprint and making a positive impact on the environment, but you may be wondering how much of an impact you can make if you live in an apartment. It’s a commonly held belief that living in an apartment limits your ability to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, but this isn’t necessarily true. While you aren’t able to install solar panels or swap out appliances, there are plenty of ways you can live a green life in an apartment.
1. Use Your Balcony or Patio for a Container Vegetable Garden
Growing your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables is a great way to reduce waste while getting to enjoy your own fresh, organic produce. Even if outdoor space is limited, as long as you have a patio or balcony, you can start your own container garden. Nearly every vegetable can be grown in something as simple as a five-gallon bucket, while herbs grow beautifully in smaller pots or hanging baskets. You can even use ground up eggshells and old coffee grounds as inexpensive, effective compost!
2. Simple Bathroom Fixes Save Water
While many modern apartment buildings have installed low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets, older communities probably won’t have them. A low-flow shower head is an easy update and can cost less than 10 dollars. To make your toilet more water-efficient, put a brick or an empty bottle (refill it with gray water) in the tank. It will displace water so the tank doesn’t use as much water to fill, and there’s no discernible difference in the toilet’s performance.
3. Make Your Own Cleaning Products
Rather than using harsh chemicals to clean your apartment or having to spend twice as much for natural cleaners, make your own with inexpensive, natural ingredients. Vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda are all cheap, safe, and incredibly versatile. You can make everything from glass cleaner to your own laundry detergent with natural ingredients that are even more effective than store-bought chemical cleaners.
4. Use a Drying Rack
Instead of running a dryer that will heat your apartment and uses a lot of electricity, invest in a drying rack. Not only will you save money on your electric bill and conserve a lot of energy, but your clothes will last longer. Machine drying wears clothes out faster, whereas line drying or using a rack is much more gentle on fabrics.
Not only can you go green while living in an apartment, more and more apartment communities are adopting eco-friendly practices. For more tips on green living at Western National Apartments, contact us today!