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Green Tips for Apartment Living

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What many people don’t realize is that living in an apartment is one of the greenest things you can do. This is because you’re using much less energy per person, along with less space too. But even if you live in an apartment, there is so much more you can do. So if you’re one of the many people who opt to live in a condo or apartment, check out these green tips to make your apartment even greener.

Unplug Your Appliances

You can easily save energy by unplugging your electronics and other appliances in your apartment. Many of us apartment dwellers have video games, microwaves, and televisions. Although it may seem like turning off electronics is doing enough to go green, unplugging is the best you can do. This way you can guarantee that those electronics won’t be using any extra electricity. Sometimes plugged in but turned off electronics use electricity, so by unplugging you can bring down your amount of energy use.

Utilize Your Microwave instead of Your Oven and Stove

If you live in an apartment, you know there usually isn’t a ton of space, especially in the kitchen. By using your oven and stove, you’re heating up your apartment during the hot summer months. Not only that, but you’re also using way more energy. As a green tip, you should definitely use your microwave more often than your stove or oven. Microwaves use much less energy overall. One example is to microwave a mug of water for tea instead of putting a pot on the stove.

Do Larger Loads of Laundry

Small loads of laundry can be energy draining. After all, you’re most likely to be using almost the same amount of soap and water that you’d be using for a slightly larger load. As many people know, often times apartment buildings don’t have newer appliances, especially washers and dryers. So a great way to save money and energy is to do larger loads of laundry, especially since they most likely cost the same.

Recycle

It may be tempting to skip out on recycling, especially if you live alone in your own apartment or condo. But you have to remember it’s still extremely important for even one person to recycle. Make sure you separate your recycling and take it to a proper recycling center. This is also important because many older or outdated apartment buildings don’t offer recycling or only have limited recycling bins.

Make Bulk Meals

As many apartment dwellers know, sustainable cooking for one person can be difficult, especially since many boxed meals are made for two or more people. Instead of only cooking for yourself, cook two or three servings. When you cook more servings you’re using less energy per serving as opposed to cooking one serving. Just simply store the rest of the food as leftovers in your fridge or freezer. Remember to buy in bulk too!

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