We’re all for hugging trees, but if you want to have a real effect on the environment, you’ll need to make some lifestyle changes. That doesn’t mean you need to change everything, though—Small efforts can add up to make a big impact when everyone pitches in a little. One of the simplest ways you can make a difference in the world is by living green and making your apartment eco-friendly. Being environmentally conscious at home has never been easier due to the wide variety of products, information, and tips available for anyone to access. If you’re looking to take some simple steps to make your apartment eco-friendly, we have some suggestions that you can start doing today.
Go Green When You Clean
Choosing eco-friendly cleaning supplies is an easy way to go green. You won’t have to scour any specialty shops for natural, nontoxic cleaning supplies. There are so many options available, such as Mrs. Meyers or Method. You can also just skip the pre-packaged products altogether and concoct your own cleaning supplies using basic ingredients like baking soda and vinegar.
Follow the “Three Rs”
Chances are you’ve heard of the “three Rs”—reduce, reuse, and recycle. Incorporating them into your daily life is a great first step towards greener living. The key is to make a habit of these tasks so, after a while, you won’t even think about them anymore. Start by recycling all of your plastic and aluminum cans. Check here for the types of materials that can be recycled if you have any questions, and find ways to reuse items so that you create less waste. Pinterest is an excellent place to scour for crafty ways to reuse your stuff.
Cranking the air conditioning or heat up to full blast is a quick way to raise your power bill and waste electricity. Try lowering or raising your thermostat by just a few degrees depending on the season. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can accommodate to a slightly warmer or cooler temperature, and you’ll enjoy a lower power bill while knowing you made a small effort to live greenly. In the winter, stock up on some comfy, warm clothes, and you won’t know the difference.