It’s Not Easy Being Green – Environment Tips For Apartment Dwellers
If you rent an apartment, it can be tricky to be as environmentally friendly as you’d like to be.Many tenants are unable to make major changes to their apartment such as switching to greener energy and installing programmable thermostat which are kinder to the environment.There are, however, a few things that you can do without breaching the terms of your rental contract.
Although you may not be able to change the radiators in your apartment, you can make them more energy efficient by ensuring that they are not obstructed by furniture or other household items.You may also be able to use heat-resistant reflective panels between the radiator and wall in order to reduce wasted energy.
A light bulb moment
This is probably the quickest and easiest way to make a green adjustment to your home.Simply switch light bulbs to LED or CFL version.Not only do these save energy but they last longer and so they’ll save you money too!
Left to your own devices
Most of us are addicted to our electronic devices which are often in constant use for work and leisure purposes.You’re probably aware that your devices are still using small amounts of energy when not in use.As well as unplugging electronic equipment when not in use, try investing in power strips with built in energy saving features.These clever strips measure the amount of power being used and, will automatically switch off a plug if it believes the device to be on standby.Leading banner suppliers, ultimate banners has even introduced these strips to its workplace in order to save energy – with great results!
Keep things cool
Even if you’re stuck with an old, energy inefficient fridge, you can still avoid energy wastage by keeping the coils at the back clean.As these coils collect grime, they become less efficient – wasting energy and money.Get into the habit of cleaning these regularly to help save energy.
Most of us shower at least once a day – which uses a huge amount of energy and water.You can help by taking shorter showers where possible.Additionally, low flow shower heads are inexpensive and easy to install (your landlord shouldn’t have a problem with this but, always check if in doubt).This one simple measure can save up to five gallons of water per shower – saving you money at the same time as saving the planet.
Although, as a tenant, you don’t have the same flexibility and freedom as homeowners when it comes to energy saving, you can still make a significant difference just by following these simple and inexpensive tips.