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Going Green:  6 Easy Steps for Renters

Being a renter doesn’t mean you can’t go green. You can’t use your landlord as an excuse for making bad environmental choices. In today’s market, you can easily find ways to make good decisions for our Earth. Follow the easy suggestions listed below and you’ll be saving money and the planet in no time.

  1. Go Green First

Choose to rent from people who make good choices for the environment. Whether the apartment is brand new, and built to green specifications, or if its older and has been retrofitted, there are so many options. Ask for information on efficiency as you tour your options.

Ask your potential landlord if the units have a device called a submeter. This little dynamo can be installed in each individual unit. It provides data about water usage in that apartment or unit. Because of the analytics it provides, both the renter and the apartment owner save money and water is conserved.

  1. Go with the Compact Choice

When you choose to use compact fluorescent (CF) bulbs, you are choosing to use about 66% less energy than incandescent bulbs use. And, the CF bulbs can actually last about 10 times longer than a regular old incandescent bulb, which means you don’t have to replace them as often. They may cost a little more at first, but you will reclaim your investment quickly in savings from energy use and not having to purchase as many light bulbs.


  1. Go Unplugged

Your electronics may not really be off when you turn them off. Devices like televisions and dvd players usually put themselves into standby mode and still keep using your electricity. The average household uses about 1,000 kilowatts of power on standby during a year. That is enough to completely power that average household for over two months. If you don’t want to waste electricity and pay for it, turn it off by unpluggging your electrical device.

  1. Go to Work Differently

Pick a new way to get to work instead of driving your car. Start with one day a week and walk, ride your bike, take the train, or carpool. You car gets a rest, as does your wallet. The Earth gets a breather, too.

  1. Go Non-Toxically Clean

Create your own non-toxic cleaning supplies at home. With simple ingredients like baking soda or vinegar, you can create healthy cleaners. Reuse containers that have been thoroughly cleaned and opt to use rags from old clothing, like tee shirts, instead of paper towels. If you can’t make your own cleaners, many big box stores are now carrying good-for-the-earth options.

  1. Go with Reusable

Bring a reusable mug when you go for coffee. Take a reusable shopping bag with you when you go for groceries. Use cloth napkins instead of paper. Little choices have big impacts.