If you want to live in an environmentally friendly way in an apartment, where you live is often as important as how you live. Many of our towns and cities are impossible to get around in without a private automobile. However, location is important for green living!
The good news is, while searching for a new apartment, a little planning can help minimize your use of a car, helping you to maintain a go-green lifestyle.
The first step is to find out whether your apartment is within walking distance of places you need to shop on a regular basis, especially the supermarket.
Hopping in the car and driving to the store is convenient, and the trunk is a great place to transport purchased items. However, if the grocery store is about a five or ten-minute walk from where you live, you could use a hand cart to transport your food and then wheel it back to your apartment without burning an ounce of fossil fuel.
An Apartment Near Mass Transit
An apartment that is close to a bus line or light-rail train station would also be a prize. Many big-city metro systems have trip calculation apps that allow you to determine how to get from Point A to Point B easily, including the number of lines you need to use and distance you need to walk.
If you can find an apartment that is easily accessible by mass transit from your workplace, you’ll be able to make your commute less stressful and more environmentally friendly.
Depending on how heavy rush-hour traffic is in your city or town, your commute might be a little longer on the bus or train. However, you can catch up on your reading and web surfing on mass transit, which is something that you won’t be able to (and should not) do in a private car.
A good compromise, by the way, is to see if you can move to the same apartment complex as several friends from work. Then you can carpool to the same place and minimize your total impact.
Location is important for green living. If you’d like more information on sustainable living and other environmental topics, contact us. We’re happy to help!