From your cable and Internet bill to utilities like heat and electricity, there are a lot of costs that must be added into your monthly budget (as I discovered upon moving into my first apartment). There are always ways, however, of…
Now is the time start thinking about your energy consumption because the weather is getting warmer. The heat of summer will arrive before you know it, which means turning up the air conditioner in your apartment. Whether you're trying to…
There’s a new focus on biking in many cities. And you might say the experience is as familiar as, well, riding a bike. Cities across the nation are embracing green transportation options, and one of those is perhaps the greenest of them all. Bicycles allow city-dwellers to get around with relative ease, as long as they are energetic and careful – and all without burning fossil fuels. This tried, true and tested mode of getting around – ok, it’s a little tiring, too -- just might revolutionize cityscapes.
[caption id="attachment_67053" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Make sure you put something under the pots to protect your windowsill.[/caption] Nothing brightens up your apartment like a few houseplants – not only for pretty décor, but for cleaning your indoor air as well. But you need an outdoor garden if you want to grow anything edible, right? Think again! Even if you don’t have outdoor soil to plant in, you can still grow your own edible plants with a windowsill herb garden. Small herbs grow well in individual pots or long, narrow troughs that you can place right on your windowsill, where they’ll get plenty of sunshine. Best of all, when you’re cooking a delicious dish that calls for a dash of rosemary, you can just reach right over and snip off a sprig. It’s good for your health, the planet and your dinner. Ready to get planting? Here’s how to do it.
[caption id="attachment_64384" align="aligncenter" width="607"] An orange, some vinegar, an empty Mason jar and an empty spray bottle are all you need to make your own citrus vinegar cleaning spray.[/caption] If you’ve made the switch to green cleaners, you’ve made a smart, healthy choice for yourself and your household. And if you choose to DIY your own cleaning solutions, even better! Making your own cleaners is cheaper, healthier and better for the environment than buying toxic commercial cleaners. Even if you’re not crafty, don’t be daunted by the DIY process. In fact, there’s only one ingredient you really need to make most DIY cleaners: Vinegar. It’s a wonder solution for killing germs and removing odors. But let’s be honest: It doesn’t smell great. Fortunately, you can take advantage of vinegar’s cleaning power without that pickled smell. Here’s how to make your own citrus vinegar cleaning spray.
[caption id="attachment_63960" align="aligncenter" width="607"] A nice glass of iced tea is a great way to cool off in the summer, so make sure you have plenty of ice in your apartment.[/caption] If you’re like us, you’re enjoying planting flowers and putting away your heavy sweaters as the last chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring. The warmer weather is always welcome – until it gets too hot, that is. Summer’s not far off, and with it will come soaring temperatures that can leave you uncomfortable in your apartment. You can’t do anything to ward off the dog days of summer, but you can prepare your home ahead of time so those sweltering days don’t bother you too much. Here’s how to ensure you’ll be cool as a cucumber when the heat hits.
[caption id="attachment_64191" align="aligncenter" width="601"] Click to see the full infographic![/caption] Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22 – and we’ve got water on our minds. Saving water in your apartment, that is. Water is perhaps the most necessary substance we need for life, yet because of its easy availability, it is equally easy to take for granted. In cities where location makes water more difficult to find, citizens often step up to the challenge. We’ve noticed a city where conserving water is taken just this seriously. Tucson, Arizona, has risen to the challenge of careful water conservation with great results. Read on for a discussion of Tucson’s Earth-loving achievements, as well as a few easy tips to help you remember to conserve water in your own home. A desert city where conservation is a priority Consider places in the country where fresh water is harder or more expensive to come by. In desert cities, like Tucson, AZ, water is all the more valuable because of its scarcity.
[caption id="attachment_62533" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Baking soda is super cheap and can be used in all sorts of ways around your apartment.[/caption] When it comes to spring cleaning, the only way to do it right is to go green. Not only are non-toxic cleaning products better for your health, there's another bonus: This is one of those times when going green also saves you money! Not only are the following five ingredients good for your health and your home’s cleanliness, they also cost way less to keep on hand than commercial cleaners. Ready to start scrubbing? Read on to learn about the only five weapons you’ll need in your cleaning arsenal:
[caption id="attachment_61697" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Draft stoppers block outside air from seeping into your place, making your windows more efficient and saving you money.[/caption] When you walk past the windows or doors in your apartment, do you feel an icy draft? If so, you’ve got leaky windows, which make your apartment inefficient and run up your heating or cooling bill. Since you can’t replace the windows in an apartment, you might feel helpless – but you’re not! All you need is a little insulation.
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According to a survey of 200,000 apartment residents conducted by the National Multi Housing Council and Kingsley Associates, 71% expressed interest in green considerations for apartment living. For 23% of respondents, green practices were a basic requirement in choosing an apartment community. Apartment Guide has assembled the top cities with apartment communities which actively support green living. According to our data, more apartments in these ten cities offer a combination of apartment options with LEED Certification, energy-efficient windows, lighting and plumbing, and drought-resistant landscaping to help use water more efficiently. If you value an apartment living experience that embraces conservation and green living, you're sure to find a home you'll be proud of in one of these cities!