When we think of green living, we tend to think of people putting solar panels on their roofs, planting trees in their yards, and putting rain barrels under their eaves. In short, we think of homeowners. However, if you want to do your part for the planet while living in an apartment, you have a lot of options available. Most of them are so simple you may not even have thought of them. Here are three eco-friendly tips to get you started down the path.
Tip #1: Cancel Your Junk Mail
We all get junk mail and those of us who are ecologically minded will just toss it into our blue recycling container. However, while recycling materials you don’t need is definitely a step in the right direction, it’s a better idea to make sure those materials don’t get used in the first place. So take the time to look over the ads and contact the companies mailing them to you to ask them to stop. You’ll have less mail to deal with and you’ll be responsible for tons less paper over the years.
Tip #2: Buy Locally Produced Produce
This one might sound like it isn’t helping anyone, but when you buy local you’re sending a message. Because local products haven’t been shipped across the country, you’re going to get stuff that’s fresh and your money is going to your local economy. You’re also not paying for all the diesel fuel burned by big rigs, since your milk, vegetables, or fruits came from a few miles down the road, rather than from a place you’ve only seen on a map.
Tip #3: Don’t Use So Much Hot Water
We use a colossal amount of hot water on a daily basis. Whether we’re doing dishes, taking a shower, or washing our clothes, that energy has to come from somewhere. So use cold water when you can or cool water when you can’t and watch your energy bill dip down low.
These are just a few methods you can use to live a cleaner, greener life. For more information, simply contact us today!