Reducing your carbon footprint may sound like a lot of work, but there are actually a number of small lifestyle changes that you can make to live greener in 2015. Here are a few quick and easy ways to take care of the environment and save money at the same time.
One of the great things about living in a luxury UDR apartment community is the proximity to local businesses. Instead of driving, bike or walk when you need to run errands. When driving is necessary, be sure to follow the sage advice offered by AAA to conserve fuel and carpool whenever possible to reduce emissions. Or, take advantage of public transit.
Next time you grab a cuppa joe from the local barista, take a travel mug along instead of using the coffee shop’s disposable cups. Similarly, any time you go shopping in your neighborhood, be sure to take reusable bags along. An added bonus: most retailers offer a discount when you bring your own cups or bags.
Sure, your apartment is filled with energy efficient appliances and electronics. But even the best brands become more eco-friendly with a little help, and you’ll save money on utilities by doing so. For instance, vacuum and wipe down refrigerator coils annually, and only run full loads in your washing machine or dishwasher. Other green living habits to adopt:
- Plug electronics into a power strip and turn off the entire group before going to bed. This prevents phantom electricity draws from TVs, computers, cell phone chargers and anything else that glows.
- Recycle used cellphones, and help out a charity at the same time.
- Program your thermostat to a lower temperature in the winter and a higher temperature in the summer, during the times of day when you aren’t home. Be sure to adjust the settings when you are on vacation as well.
- Install LED lightbulbs with the Energy Star label. They cost more initially, but the energy savings over the cost of the lightbulb more than pay for the purchase price.