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. [find-an-apartment] 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. [find-an-apartment] 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!
Good health starts at home. But do you know how to set up a living space that encourages a healthy lifestyle? [find-an-apartment] The definition of a healthy home is a little different for everyone, but here are some apartment living tips to set you on the right track.
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? [find-an-apartment] 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.
These green Seattle businesses help you make a positive impact on the planet and in our everyday lives by going green. Shopping local, eco-friendly stores is a simple step for going green in your life. We know the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle – but building a sustainable planet goes beyond that. [find-an-apartment] Farmers Markets Not only will you be supporting local farmers, but the food you’re purchasing is some of the freshest produce around.
If you haven’t tried shopping at your local farmers market yet, you’re missing out. Not only are you getting the freshest produce when shopping at farmers markets, but you are also supporting your community and local economy. [find-an-apartment] Today, farmers markets are popping up all over the place, from year-round markets to seasonal popup markets. The same goes for Portland; there is no shortage of farmers markets. Thinking about going green? Here’s your opportunity to try with our list of Portland’s farmers markets.
Portland, Oregon, is nicknamed the “Rose City” because of its ideal climate and lush, green beauty. Portland is also known as one of the most environmentally friendly, green cities in the world because of its extensive public transportation networks, efficient use of land and businesses committed to sustainable practices. [find-an-apartment] If you’re planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest or if you already live in this gem in a city, read on to the best green establishments in Portland.