Care and concern for the environment is important for us all. There are many simple things that we each can do to help limit the impact we make on the world and our natural resources.
Take a look at these tips for going green in your NH apartment:
- Don't let furniture and draperies block the air flow from air registers.
- During late afternoon and early evening, turn off unnecessary lights and wait to use heat-producing appliances.
- Shade south- and west- facing windows during the hottest part of the day in the summer.
- As if it wasn't already obvious, use CFL lightbulbs in your home. Get them for under a buck if you buy in bulk.
- If you cannot install a weather stripping threshold in a door, block the drafts with a rolled-up towel or blanket.
- Fix leaky faucets, especially if it's a hot water faucet. One drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month - that's more than one person uses in two weeks.
- Don't leave the refrigerator door open. Don’t leave the oven door open either. Keep the refrigerator temperature about 36-38 degrees, and the freezer at 0-5 degrees. Don't overload the refrigerator or freezer.
- Use lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking times.
- Use energy saving power strips on your heaviest energy draining devices.
- Run the dishwasher only with full loads, and use the air-dry cycle.
- Decorate with pale colors on walls, ceilings and floors. You will use less light.
- When you take a vacation, turn off and unplug everything you can.
- If you have hardwood or tile floors, add area rugs to keep your feet warm.
- Don't bother pre-rinsing dishes with the idea that your dishwasher will work less hard.
- You can operate a couple of fans with a fraction of the electricity needed for air conditioning, and their cooling effect may make it possible to cut back on AC use.
- Use reusable containers for food storage instead of wrapping food in foil or plastic wrap.
- Recharge Your Batteries.
- Bring your own shopping bags to the grocery store. If your purchase is small don't take any bag.
- Recycle your printer's toner cartridges. Find recycling companies near you.
- Buy products that are recycled. By purchasing these products, you are helping to conserve natural resources, and to protect the environment. Reuse whatever you can, including aluminum pie tins, glassware, plastic cutlery and aluminum foil. Make recycling easy by putting recycle bins in the rooms where you use the products.
- Replace paper cups, plates and napkins with washable, reusable cups and plates and cloth napkins.
- Keep used paper in a stack and use the flip side for scrap work.
- Perfect all of your documents before you print them. Run grammar and spell check to eliminate careless mistakes, and then preview your document in print preview.
- Don’t let the water run while you are shampooing or conditioning your hair or washing your body.
- Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth.
- Buy fruits and veggies loose, and not in plastic bags. Print or copy on both sides of the paper.
- Use smaller paper for smaller memos.
- Re-use manila envelopes and file folders.
- Think twice about buying "disposable" products. Buy paper products instead of plastic if you must buy "disposables."
- Convert by example. Encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to save resources too.
- Send e-greetings instead of paper cards .
- Pay your bills online. Instead of using paper to pay your bills pay them over the internet instead.
At Red Oak Apartment Homes we believe that we can all make a difference in the efforts to save resources.
Are you looking for a great energy efficient apartment? We can help!