Ten Tips for Going Green!

Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips

Develop a plan, set some goals, and before you know it you can be living a much more sustainable, earth-friendly lifestyle with some of these tips for going green:
1. Check before you chuck: 80% of what Americans throw away can be recycled. Despite this fact, America’s recycling rate is only 28%. Look before you throw away. Did you know that you can recycle plastic sandwich bags and toilet paper rolls? Feel awkward throwing away a DVD or CD? You can donate these items to Goodwill, The Salvation Army, or you can trade them for a new DVD/CD or cash. Remember all PPM buildings have recycling bins. Make sure that you don’t throw in the dirty dozen!
Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips
2. Use your reusable bag! Do you forget your reusable bags at home when you go grocery shopping? Are you a nut who leaves them in the cart and forgets to hand them to the cashier at the grocery store? The trick is to identify your problem and find a way in which you won’t forget. If your problem is remembering to hand them to the cashier, slip them on your wrists while you shop or purchase a fold up bag that can fit in your purse. PPM has reusable bags. If you need one you can email us and we will get one to you.
Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips
3. Clean eco-friendly: Try making your own eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner! It’s easy to make in bulk. Read on how to make lavender vinegar all-purpose cleaner here.
Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips
4. Refrigerator and freezer check-up: Reduce your energy use by checking the temperature of your fridge and freezer. Your fridge should be between 37-40 degrees, and freezer should be between 0-5 degrees.
Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips
5. Wash your clothes in cold water.
Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips
6. Unplug small appliances and devices. Here is a list of household appliances and electronics you should unplug to save both energy and money:
–   Desktop computers
–   Laptop computers
–   Televisions
–   DVD Players and VCRs
–   Modems
–   Cable TV boxes
–   Cordless phones
–   Stereos and radios
–   Coffeemakers
–   Lamps
–   Toasters
–   iPods and electronic gadgets sapping energy from a plug in transformer
Things like your DVR and alarm clock need to stay on for obvious reasons — you don’t want to miss a TV program you meant to tape or wake up late for work because your alarm clock wasn’t plugged in.
7.  Save water: Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth. Teach your kids to do the same!  If you have a leak, drip or running water in your toilet, please contact your building engineer or help@ppmapartments.com right away!  We will fix the problem immediately.
Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips
8. Turn off that computer; you can save up to $90 bucks annually.
Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips
9. Go paperless by paying your bills online.
Chicago Apartments, Going Green Tips
10. Try to figure out how many ways you can use a mason jar: Because it’s cool!
Good luck in your green endeavors!
Repost From: environmental-watch.com

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