For many, the thought of eco-friendly living might conjure up images of something like granola in mason jars, patchouli-scented soaps and hemp hand towels. Or maybe it makes you think of intensely modern homes with solar panels, futuristic gadgets and an electric car plugged into the garage—a lifestyle that’s expensive and out of reach. Whatever your impression of sustainable living, the important thing to note is that although it may be require a little change from your normal routine, it’s really pretty simple.
If you are living in a small space, like an apartment, then you’ve already got a head start! Smaller spaces are much easier to manage, have less room for storage and more need for efficiency, and require less maintenance overall. Win-win, right? So, to help you get started with your eco endeavor, our friends at Modernize gathered 3 ways to help you incorporate eco-friendly living into your apartment life.
Be More Energy Efficient
No matter where you live, it’s important to take stock of your energy use. With heating and cooling accounting for almost half of the average person’s energy bill each month, as well as a large chunk of the population’s total carbon emissions each year, there are little things you can do that make a big difference overall. If you live in an apartment that does not allow you to control the temperature, it’s even more important to be diligent about how much energy you use on a regular basis.