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Between air conditioning and heating, our apartments can start to feel stuffy and stale. But adding some houseplants to your décor actually can help clean indoor air all year round, while improving the look of your home. Read on for the benefits of indoor plants and how to take advantage of them.

door draft stopper

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 can be a real problem. The icy air coming inside is something your heater has to fight against, costing you a lot in heating costs. You probably feel like there’s nothing you can do – it’s not like your landlord will let you replace the windows. You’re not out of luck – you just need to insulate the windows.

Draft stoppers – also called draft blockers, draft dodgers, or door/window snakes – are simple: They’re just tubes made of fabric and filled with an insulating material.  It’s basically a tube shaped pillow that you place at the base of your windows or doors, where most energy leaks happen. Making your own draft stopper is a fun, simple DIY project that took me less than an hour. Here’s how I did it:

With temperatures dipping down every day, it’s time to really start thinking about how the colder weather of winter affects your apartment and your bottom line. Unfortunately, no matter what you do, you can’t safeguard completely against heat loss, but there are some unusual things you can do to maximize energy conservation during the winter. By rearranging the furniture in your apartment, you can reduce energy consumption and see the difference in your utility bills each month.

solar power apartment

Solar power is undoubtedly the wave of the future . Because solar panels are coming way down in price, you’ll see more and more homeowners proudly sporting shiny energy-saving devices on their roofs, reducing their power bills. But what about…

citrus cleaning spray

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.

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Ah, the deep freeze of winter. Maybe you love the freshly fallen snow, the way you can see your breath in the air, and snuggling up under warm blankets while the wind howls outside. On the other hand, maybe you’re…

Maybe you’re familiar with feng shui, or maybe you’ve just heard the term and are wondering what it means. An ancient Chinese practice involving the aesthetics, shape and symmetry of objects, rooms and buildings, feng shui is used to promote harmony and balance in everyday life. [find-an-apartment] No matter how small your apartment in, you can make just a few small, inexpensive changes to improve the feng shui in your apartment without spending a lot of time. Read on to find out more.

Each year, Halloween accoutrements account for a significant addition to national landfills. [find-an-apartment] This October, plan ahead to reuse spooky accessories and make informed decisions about what your child wears at Halloween. We’ve got green Halloween tips, dead ahead!

Is there anything more satisfying than ripping the paper off a neatly wrapped present, uncovering a hidden treasure inside? Probably not – but have you seen your living room after a morning spent unwrapping what Santa brought you? It’s an environmentalist’s nightmare; all that trash is hardly eco-friendly. On the other hand, you have to wrap your gifts in something. So what’s a tree-hugging Santa to do? Fortunately, there are ways to keep all the fun of Christmas morning while remaining environmentally responsible. Check out these alternatives to wrapping paper so you can keep your holiday season green – not Grinch green, but earth-friendly green.

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