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Eco Friendly Apartment Living Ideas

More and more people are becoming interested in living a sustainable lifestyle. Going green has tons of benefits, including being better for our environment and saving you money. Creating eco-friendly apartments is an ideal goal if you want to live a greener lifestyle.

However, the thought of making so many changes can be daunting. The good news is, that there are lots of small changes you can make that have a big impact. If youd like to know what changes you can make in your apartment, take a look below.

Swap Your Lightbulbs

One of the easiest ways to create a more eco-friendly apartment is to swap out your lightbulbs. Most apartments come fitted with halogen light bulbs. Its worth checking the lightbulbs in your apartment before using them. If they are halogens, you can switch them to LED lights. 

LED lights are far more eco-friendly and will save you money on your electricity bill. LEDs can be more costly than halogen lights but they tend to last longer. Its worth hanging onto the original halogen lights so you can put them back and take your LEDs with you when you move.

Efficient Appliances

In a smaller apartment, youre likely to need smaller appliances but small doesnt always mean efficient. When shopping for new appliances its important to pay attention to energy efficiency. It could mean you pay a bit more than you planned but it will save you on costs in the long run.

Its also worth looking at air purifiers. Did you know that the air quality indoors is as bad, if not worse than outdoors? If you live somewhere near heavy traffic and use deodorants, perfumes, house cleaners, and more, there will be toxins in the air in your apartment.

An air purifier can remove those toxins and even help with conditions like asthma or allergies.

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Use Clean Energy

Unfortunately, most apartment living means theres no chance of having solar panels or solar-powered energy. That doesnt mean you have to write off sustainable living. If you want to use clean energy in your home, contact your energy supplier.

Most energy suppliers will be able to refer you to a company that can make sure all your energy usage comes from clean sources. Therefore, no matter how much energy you use, you can rest assured that its not harming the environment.

Zero Waste

Many people believe that the more recycling they do, the better for the planet. The truth is, that the less we have to recycle, the better it is for the planet. Working on reducing waste as much as possible is important for apartment living sustainably.

That being said, it isnt always possible to reduce your waste, and apartment buildings don't always have the facilities for recycling. To tackle this you can take your recycling to work, take it to a friend's house, or even let your apartment community know that you would like to have more recycling options.

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Home Composting

It would be easy to assume that the food waste you send to landfills is turned into compost but its far from the truth. The majority of food waste stays as it is in landfill because organics cant turn to compost without oxygen. So, it lays dormant while releasing methane into the atmosphere and becomes a huge culprit for the emissions were trying to reduce.

One of the best ways you can live sustainably in your apartment is to get into the habit of making your compost. All you need is a small balcony and a tumble bin to get started. 

Get Warm

Most people use the most energy during the colder months to keep warm. However, you could be using more energy because your apartment isnt well insulated. There are a few things you can do to keep the cold out and warmth in.

Firstly, check all of your windows. Its worth making sure that your windows are insulated. If you have a single pane, and old windows, you may be feeling a draft. 

Insulate your windows and add blinds and curtains to keep the warmth in. Secondly, use draft stoppers at your doors to stop any cold air from spreading through your apartment. This should help to reduce the amount of energy you need to use to heat your home. If you have a private apartment entrance that leads straight outside, a draft stopper on your door will be more important. 

Eco-Friendly Apartments: Starting Sustainable Living

Finding eco-friendly apartments can be a great help in starting to live sustainably but no matter where you are, there are always things you can do to go green. From reducing your energy usage to keeping plants and compost, or even switching to a bamboo toothbrush, every little thing is a step in the right direction. Try talking to other people in your apartment building who are passionate about going green and exchanging ideas.

At Miller West Apartments, we love to encourage sustainable living. If you have any questions about our apartments or youd like to come for a visit, get in touch with us today.

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