Category Archives Green Living

Did you know that kitty litter and egg cartons can be recycled into paper? Or how about old trophies, motor oil and cell phones can be recycled with your newspapers, plastic bottles and soda cans?

Whether you’re new to recycling or know the difference between No. 1 and No. 6 plastics, this useful guide is a helpful list of recycling tips that'll get you going green in no time!

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Everything from cleaning up your pad to packing up boxes can have an effect – larger or smaller -- on the planet. Green moving means being a bit more conscious of how the choices you make during a move impact the environment. These tips will show you how you can plan an earth-friendly move whether you move yourself or hire professionals for the job.

How would you like to live in a community where your grocery store is right around the corner, work is a 10-minute walk, and everything else you need just a quick light-rail ride away? No car necessary!

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Sound too good to be true? It’s becoming a reality. The idea of transit-oriented development, or TOD, -- conceptualized in the 1980s by architect Peter Calthorpe -- places travel centers like light rail and bus stations at the heart of a well-planned neighborhood. The goal is to reduce dependence on cars, increase ridership, and create vibrant neighborhoods where residents enjoy many valuable conveniences.

The telltale orange leaves and nip in the air means it’s that time again: Fall’s cool breezes will soon give way to icy, wintry gusts. Don’t wait until it’s freezing outside to prepare your home for the cold months – these easy DIY projects will boost your energy efficiency and keep you toasty warm until spring.

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1. Tend to your windows. Everyone wants big, pretty windows to brighten up their home, but windows tend to leak if they’re old, letting cold drafts seep inside. If you’ve got gaps, check with your landlord to see if you can caulk them or have the apartment community’s maintenance team do it for you. You can further improve your efficiency with window coverings, including drapes, blinds and curtains. Be sure to close them at night so there’s a barrier between your warm inside air and the coldest outside air. And don’t forget weather stripping – if you can feel a draft coming from your windows, it needs to be plugged. You can buy inexpensive weather stripping at any home improvement store, or you can make your own draft stopper.

Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to go green this year? Making the switch can seem intimidating -- until you realize there's nothing wrong with taking it one step at a time. When it comes to adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle, every little bit helps. We've got ideas for just one project per month that you can take on in your apartment that'll help you live greener (and maybe even save a little money as well.) We're in January right now, and your small change for this month shouldn't take long at all: Just buy an insulating jacket for your water heater so it doesn't have to work as hard to get the water hot for your morning shower. Old blankets wrapped around the water heater would do the trick as well. You're already on your way to a green 2014! As the year goes on, here are more changes you can make:

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.

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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!

Did you know that green buildings typically reduce 24 to 50 percent of their energy use, 40 percent of their water use, and reduce solid waste production by 70 percent compared to conventional buildings?

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The 2011 Green Business Challenge – the first program of its kind on the West Coast – was created to help tenants in the Port of San Diego reduce their environmental impact in the areas of energy, water, waste, air, sustainable business practices and sustainable development. Participating businesses ranged from large industrial and maritime tenants to hotels, restaurants and small businesses.

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