Whether or not you’re an environmentally-conscious individual, going green is a good choice beyond the impact it can have on the planet. Going green can actually save you some green and help you become a healthier, happier person! Start small by incorporating some of these eco-friendly apartment living tips into your lifestyle.
Eco-friendly apartment living starts with being more aware of how much energy you’re wasting and how much you’re really using.
- Laundry – Your washer is a huge energy and water suck. So, you should always fill up your washing machine with a full load of laundry and wash your clothes in cold water. You can also try doing your laundry during non-peak hours, such as earlier in the morning or later at night so your apartment doesn’t compete with others using the same resources at the same time.
- Dishes – Just like with your clothes washer, you should fill (but not overfill) your dishwasher whenever you’re ready to do a load. If you’re washing dishes in your sink, fill up one side with soapy water and leave the other side open for rinsing. Just like leaving your sink running while brushing your teeth, leaving your sink running while washing dishes uses a lot of unnecessary water.
- Lights and Electronics – Make a habit of turning off the lights in a room whenever you leave it, especially if you are leaving your apartment for the day. You can also unplug small appliances like your coffee maker, toaster, and phone charger when they aren’t being used to conserve energy.
- Air Conditioning – Some people go overboard with trying to save energy when they aren’t home by turning their air conditioner up too far in the summer and down too low in the winter. The best way to go about this is just to adjust the thermostat up or down by a couple of degrees at a time. This way, when you come home and adjust the thermostat back to a comfortable temperature, your air conditioner isn’t overworking itself to get to that temperature quickly for you. We also recommend that you install curtains on all your windows to keep the hot sun out during the summer and the warm air in during the winter.
Harsh chemicals and cleaning agents aren’t good for you or the environment. You can make your own natural cleaners at home using water, vinegar, baking soda, and lemons or purchase them from a local grocery store or supermarket.
You can also replace your air fresheners and other air cleaning products with some plants! Not only will plants and flowers bring some natural color to your apartment décor, but they will also reduce the amount of pollutants circulating in the air.
The Three R’s
Reduce, reuse, recycle – you’ve heard this time and time again, but it’s a totally doable mantra! Because these are the main tenants of eco-friendly apartment living, you can’t really call yourself an environmentalist until you do all three.
- Reduce – If you can reduce the amount of water and electricity you use (see the Energy Savings section above), you’re on the right track. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, cook at home more, eat your leftovers, and try composting! This will reduce the amount of food and takeout containers you waste.
- Reuse – If you can’t recycle something, try reusing it! Purchase reusable shopping bags, water bottles, and plastic storage containers. Also, don’t trash leftover plastic cutlery and napkins that you get from eating out; rinse the forks to reuse them and store the unused napkins for your next meal!
- Recycle – Go ahead and get a recycling bin or box to start gathering recyclables in your apartment. Once recycling becomes part of your everyday life, you may be surprised to find your recycling bin filling up faster than your trash can. Little Rock has two recycling locations where you can drop-off all your items.
See! Making your apartment more eco-friendly isn’t that hard. By living at Bowman Pointe, you’re already starting out on a good foot because our apartment buildings are much more energy-efficient than others in the area. If you have any questions about eco-friendly apartment living, feel free to come by and ask us!