I’m ready to start 2015 off on the right foot. My husband reminds me how annoying I can be with all the ‘green’ talk, but living a healthy lifestyle is REALLY SOMETHING to talk about. After working with cancer patients for 10 years, I know how important it is to rid your life of toxins and enjoy every day like it may be your last. As part of my New Year’s resolution, I want to help you live a greener lifestyle. My goal is to provide you with information about awesome natural products and Eco-friendly companies. I also want to give you easy tips for green living. Let’s kick off 2015 with some simple Apartment Green Living Tips.
I’m a homeowner, we have a pretty big yard and plenty of room to grow. But I know not everyone has the luxury of owning a home or having plenty of funds to green their lifestyle. Let’s get real! If you’re living in an apartment and low on funds, it may seem like an impossible feat to go green. But I’m here to tell you, it’s possible!
Appliances and the Thermostat
The most obvious way to make your apartment more Eco-friendly is by taking care of the household appliances. Start by replacing the incandescent bulbs with fluorescent or LED ones. They consume less energy, while having long lifespan. The less energy used, the less pollution produced. Simple, right?
Mind the hidden “energy vampires.” Be sure that all the devices are unplugged when you not in use. For instance, even if your computer is turned off, it’s still “sucking” energy if it’s plugged in. So unplug, save on your electric bill and feel good about conserving!
Here’s another simple tip: ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT. If your apartment doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, follow some simple guidelines from energy.gov to save and preserve. Here’s the link: adjusting your thermostat to save.
Mind Your Waste
There are so many ways to reduce the amount of garbage you create. Start with your shopping trips by bringing reusable bags like Verdiva. You can also use reusable lunch bags, like ChicoBag and reusable containers for storing leftovers. Avoid buying individually wrapped snack packs and single serve containers. And of course, don’t forget to recycle and reuse as many things as possible. I’m a fan of re-purposing items rather than trashing them! Here’s a link for 50 Creative Ways to Repurpose.
You can also compost food scraps and use them for an apartment patio garden. When taking care of your waste removal, store your stuff in biodegradable bags or reusable boxes. If you are hiring a professional company, check how reliable is they and whether they have any green practices.
Upgrade Your Cleaners
Cleaning products are one of the biggest sources of toxins inside the home. Although conventional products are effective, they can be toxic. There are other options! You can create your own solutions like this Natural Wood Cleaner or you can convert to using microfiber cloths and get rid of chemicals for cleaning altogether. I’ve done reviews on a couple awesome microfiber cloth companies and have been able to eliminate the need for harmful chemicals in my cleaning. Check out my reviews on Zabada Clean, E-Cloth and Norwex for more information about the variety of microfiber cloths available. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save by eliminating the need to buy cleaning supplies at the store.
Make It Really Green
Make your home green, LITERALLY! Fill the apartment with plants. They serve as purifiers and improve air quality. Check out my post on how I learned to Control Asthma Naturally. Not only do houseplants improve air quality, but they’re beautiful! Create your own green corner, where you can retreat from a stressful day. Grow some fresh herbs in the kitchen to use in your healthy recipes.
See! Greening your lifestyle can be easy. Just start somewhere and before you know it you’ll be a healthy, green pro! 😉
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