5 Ways Renters Can Go Green

water conservation 70 gallons a dayOkay, you’re not responsible for that old water hogging top-loading washing machine in the laundry room and maybe your showerhead isn’t super low flow, but there are ways to reduce your energy consumption and amp up your green quotient.apartment resident eating vegetables

Eat less meat.

Whether you go for the Meatless Monday, Tofu Tuesday, Whole Wheat Wednesday, Thursday Dessert, Fowl Free Friday, Salad Saturday or Soupy Sunday, find a way to eat less meat, pork, chicken and fish.

Did you know that you can save more water by going meatless more often than by taking shorter showers?

According to John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution, it takes 5,214 gallons of fresh water to make conserve waterone pound of beef, 1,630 gallons for a pound of pork and 815 gallons of water go into a pound of chicken.

Wash only full loads in cold water with no bleach. If possible, dry clothing on a rack. Studies have shown that residents who use a laundry room wash fuller loads. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

How many times do you want to schlep to the laundry room? As few as possible.

Renters with in-unit washers did more loads and less full loads. Washing in cold water saves the energy required to heat the water and your clothes will look fine. Just say no to bleach. It’s bad for us. It’s bad for the environment.

When washing dishes, use a basin or fill the dishwasher to capacity before running it. I don’t know anyone, including me, who hasn’t occasionally run the water while doing dishes, but it’s a very big no-no.

It takes energy to transport, pump and heat the water that’s going down that drain.

Plug everything into power strips and turn them off. You might think of the following devices as being off, but unless you use a power strip electrical conduit or pull out the plug, your TV, DVD, phone charger, microwave, coffee maker, printer, etc. are sucking energy every waking moment.

Your wallet might as well have a Dust Buster attached to it.

Get rid of your incandescent lightbulbs. Right now. I’ll wait. Replace them with CFLs (compact fluorescents) or better yet LEDs (light emitting diodes).

LEDs are expensive but they use 60% less energy than CFLs and last five times longer.

As soon as the price comes down on these puppies, they are going to knock CFLs off their pedestal.

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