Going Green in Your Apartment

The recent public emphasis on the impacts that people have had on the planet have prompted many people to look for ways to be more eco-friendly. The best place to start is in your home, where you spend the most of your time. Living in an apartment may seem to limit your options, but there are plenty of things you can do to make your apartment green.

Just living in an apartment rental complex is can be considered eco-friendly; sharing resources with neighbors and limiting urban sprawl are basic ways that apartment living is already green. You can check out this green apartments article on how living density is an integral part of greener living. Compare living in an apartment to riding in a bus, and living in a home to driving your own car. The former is much more efficient in the aggregate than the latter. Rent an apartment and save the environment.

The ‘carbon footprint’ that humans leave on Earth has been the focus of politicians, businesses and individuals since fears of global warming have grown. According to, Bryan Cordell, The Sustainability Institute’s Executive Director, a combination of rising energy costs and an increase in the public’s environmental consciousness have brought sustainable or green lifestyles choices to mainstream consumerism.

Individuals across the nation are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint in order to lead a more ‘green’ life. Going green in your home is the most effective and best way for individuals and families to mitigate the waste and pollution that affects the environment.

It is, of course, much easier for a homeowner to make sweeping changes. Homeowners have the option of embarking on large scale projects such as installing solar panels or grey water systems, whereas renters in apartments do not have as much freedom.

There are however, many things you can do, right from your apartment that will help make your lifestyle more ‘green’. Using common sense is by far the easiest way to green your apartment; being conscious of how much and how often you use, electricity, water, watching what you throw into the garbage bin and trying to reuse products are all basic ways to become more environmentally friendly.

But what are other ways that people are making their apartments green?

In upcoming articles we will try to give specific tips on how you can make turn your apartment rental into a green apartment.

There are things you can do within the confines of your apartment as well as changes that you may suggest to your landlord or fellow renters.

Check out our articles on The Three R’s, Saving on Energy and Water around your apartment and our blog posts on Green Apartments.

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