Living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to mean buying a house—apartment renters can also do a lot when it comes to ‘going green.’ Even if moving into Temecula apartments means you’ll be moving into a space with its own set of appliances and utilities, you can still manage to save money and be environmentally conscious at the same time by keeping in mind a few handy tips.
Washer and dryer usage
When washing, use cold water to use less energy, and wash at non-peak hours so you don’t add to the electrical and water system’s workload. Instead of using the dryer, let your clothes dry naturally on a rack or clothesline. If you must use the dryer, use the lowest settings, and don’t use the longest setting.
Water in the bathroom and kitchen
If you have a roommate, plot out your shower and dishwasher schedule with them. Keep showers and baths short. To conserve water when flushing the toilet, place a glass jar filled with water into the tank. The jar displaces water when the tank is flushed, allowing you to save a jar of water with each flush.
If the apartment uses traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, consider replacing them with LED bulbs. These use less energy and last longer. Although they may cost more upfront, the amount of energy they save and their longevity means they pay for themselves long before they need to be replaced.
By turning your thermostat a few degrees up when it’s warm and down when it’s cold, you can save a lot of money. You can manage under the less comfortable environment that this generates by dressing warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Unplug any appliance that’s not in use. As long as the cord is plugged into an outlet, the appliance is still using energy, especially those that connect through a block power supply. Simply unplug or have a surge protector installed so you can simply turn off a switch when you’re not using your appliances.
When you love the environment, it helps to live in apartments in Temecula that share your passion for sustainable living. Check out quality apartment homes in the location, such as Sycamore Terrace Apartments, and see how they meet your green living needs.
6 Tips For Sustainable Living, ApartmentTherapy.com