Having a green home is becoming a more prominent notion in our society as we’re starting to worry more about the environment and the ways in which we’re potentially harming it. We’re told that we need to be more green, but often we just don’t know where to start. This is particularly true if you live in a flat or an apartment.
When living in a small space, it’s easy to forget about green ways of living and think that it’s not feasible to do so. That’s why we’re here to tell you that you can go green if you want to. There are ways to make your home more environmentally friendly and the good news is that it’s not difficult either- there’s no excuse!
First of all, make sure you’re recycling
Taking the time to go and take out the recycling separately can feel like a bit of a chore, especially if you live in a high rise apartment and you have access to a rubbish chute. However, recycling plays a vital part in helping out the environment and it probably won’t add that much time onto your day. Get into the habit of doing it by keeping a cardboard box on the kitchen side and taking it out every couple of days once it’s built up.
Unplug your electrics when you’re not using them
It might seem simple but you’d be surprised at how many people leave things such as phone chargers plugged in at the wall when they’re not using them. It’s also important to note that leaving things on standby wastes electricity so try to switch things off at the wall. Doing this will likewise help your electricity bill and your wallet.
Buy some plants
Plants are an excellent way to stay green if you’re living in an apartment. Simply get some pots and put them on your windowsill. They’re benefiting the environment as they help with the air flow in your home, and they bring a bit of outdoors inside, ideal if you don’t have any outside space. Just make sure that you water them!
Use energy efficient light bulbs
LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy of ordinary bulbs and do so without affecting the quality and the brightness. A bonus is that LED bulbs tend to last longer too so they’re definitely worth the extra pennies.
Keep an eye on the temperature
In the summer months, instead of having the air con on full blast all of the time, why not open the windows as wide as they’ll go and keep all the doors open? In the winter, put on an extra layer before immediately deciding to put on the heating.
It doesn’t take much to be even a little bit green. After a short time, making these changes to your lifestyle will become second nature. Have you got any green tips for us?