You’ve spent months searching for the perfect apartment and now that you’ve finally signed on the dotted line, the real work begins, decorating your space. For the eco-conscious there are a number of products available that are made from eco-friendly and recycled materials, making it easier than ever to create your own green space!

Recycled Furniture

A trend that’s becoming more and more popular is the notion of purchasing recycled furniture for your apartment. There are a number of companies that are now producing coffee tables, dining room sets and even lounge chairs out of natural wood and other recycled materials. Many of these items can be found online or if you really want to do some searching, check out your local flea markets and antique shops.

The Writing’s on the Wall

Most of us would never even think that paint can be eco-friendly, but times have changed! Many of today’s paints are low-VOC, meaning that while many paints and finished release low levels of toxic emissions into the air years after they’ve been applied, paints with low-VOC levels reduce this risk. The result is that the indoor quality of your apartment is increased while the level of toxins you emit decreases. Most paint manufacturers now produce one or more non-VOC variety of paint. These new paints are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.

Light the Way to a Greener Space

One of the easiest ways to ensure that your apartment is the greenest on the block is to simply choose light fixtures that either use LED lights or CFL bulbs. CFL blubs last longer than traditional light bulbs and use less energy so not only will you be reducing your footprint, but you’ll also be reducing the money coming out of your wallet each month for utilities. Another simple way to green your space is by making the switch to large decorative candles to candles made of soy or beeswax. These candles are free of petroleum distillates and burn longer and cleaner than standard candles.

Sweet Green Dreams

Unlike a few years ago, organic bedding is available at most major retailers and come in a variety of colors and textures, making it easy to create a living space that not only fits your taste, but also fit your quest to go green in every room in your apartment. Organic cotton and hemp bedding is not only super soft, but can also reduce the number of allergens that are typically floating around any apartment, making the air cleaner and safer to breathe, especially while you sleep.

Creating your dream green apartment is an easily attainable goal in this day and age. Furniture and accents can all be made from recycled and organic components; you just need to know where to look!

Whether you’ve moved into a condominium or housing development that features ENERGY STAR-certified appliances or if you’re doing it yourself, there are plenty of help the environment through thoughtful living. Here are a few quick and simple tips that any apartment or condo owner can incorporate into their every day life.

Cover Your Cracks

If you aren’t in a new condo or apartment, chances are there is a draft. Try insulating your apartment by either caulking or weather stripping. Another idea is to purchase draft stoppers for your doorways. This can trap warm air in, keep cold air out and reduce your energy cost.

Change Your Trash

Rethink about what you use as disposable items in your home. Using cloth napkins and cleaning cloths over paper towels is not only eco-friendly, but a smart practice in an apartment since they tend to be short on space and it takes more space to store huge packs of paper towels.

Green Cleaning

Toss out your old cleaning supplies and replace them with products that are made from eco-friendly elements. Another idea is to skip the cleaning supplies all together and make your own using simple ingredients such as plain soap, water, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), vinegar, club soda (sodium carbonate) and lemon. This will save not only the environment, but your wallet as well!

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For many years, apartment living meant having to choose less land while having to tolerate other things already in place that may not be as environmentally conscious as you would like. For those looking to live a more environmentally friendly way, green apartment living just may be the thing for you. Many apartments are taking a green approach, enabling residents to live the sustainable and socially responsible life to the fullest.

A Head Start
Apartments, with a higher population density, already have a head start in reducing the carbon footprint. There has recently been a large growth spurt for green apartment communities. They are making more than just the casual effort to create an environmentally conscience atmosphere while provided much better choices for tenants. They also have the satisfaction of knowing they are doing their part to make a difference.

Proactively Green
Many new green apartment initiatives specialize in converting industrial buildings slated for demolition, re-purposing the space for affordable green living. Other apartments specialize in redeveloping apartments and outfitting them with environmentally friendly products. Enormously popular, these apartments have proven to have added benefits, such as already being located near the local job base, allowing people to walk, bike, or bus to work.

Common Features
– Practicing water conservation with items such as low flow toilets, faucets, and showers.
– Sub-metering utilities to reduce usage
– Energy efficient appliances
– The use of bamboo flooring and other sustainable woods
– The use of environmentally friendly paints
– The use of solar energy
– Using plants that are tolerable to a dryer landscape
– Efficient Heating and cooling systems
– Maximizing natural light throughout
– Designed to need less heating and cooling by being well insulated and having low ceilings
– Eco-friendly practices in construction

More than a Trend
Sustainable living began as a great idea which has developed into more than a national trend. Technology has made it possible to create developments in which the energy usage and the carbon footprint is reduced significantly, and demand is high for these green apartments. The advantages of green living are huge and very beneficial to the renter and owner as well as the environment.

– Energy systems, such as solar systems, pay for themselves
– Lower maintenance needs
– Less impact on the environment
– Healthier indoor spaces
– The better use of space often allows for an increased number of apartments in the building

When Every Bit Counts
For those already living an eco-aware lifestyle, the opportunity to live in a green apartment and partner with those who know that every bit of effort counts is extremely satisfying. Often, even the most devoted and concerted efforts of buying local foods, reducing waste, and reducing emissions can feel negated when they eventually go home to an apartment that could be so much more efficient, should the development owners care to make the steps. Living in green apartments is a completely achievable goal. They will also be in very high demand.

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Green living, what in the world is that? In today’s world, it means to live in such a way as to leave as small of a carbon footprint as you possibly can. We all have a carbon footprint, it is up to us to determine how much of one we leave. The smaller the carbon emissions the better it is for the environment.

There are many ways to reduce carbon emissions and even some large companies and even apartment complexes are getting in on the action. In New York green apartments are popping up all over the place. Apartment buildings are cutting emissions by improving on things like insulation. They make sure that the heating and cooling systems are working at top shape. They ensure that their windows and doors have the proper sealant and that the shower heads are of the types that conserve water. They also make sure that the paint used is of low or no VOC content. They could even have installed solar panels to increase efficient production of clean energy.

You can do your part inside your apartment to help the environment too. By using green cleaners, and using reusable shopping bags when you go to the market, you help the planet. You can also do your part by recycling everything that can be recycled. If you have pets that require walking, clean up their messes with biodegradable pet doo bags. You can conserve water by only running your washing machine and or dishwasher when there is a full load to be washed. When possible you should use a ceiling fan instead of the main heating and cooling system to conserve energy.

Have you heard the term ‘green living’? You probably have. It seems like that term is everywhere lately. Anytime you turn on a television, computer or radio you hear or see it. We hear about carbon footprints and the need to conserve everything to protect the environment.

If you live in the country, this may be easier for you than living in the city. In the country, you may have access to well water and things of that nature. When living in the city however, those things are not possible. If you live in an apartment building, you may be even more concerned about clean and green living. What can you do to reduce your carbon footprint?

The first thing that you can do is to scout out a green apartment. They are popping up all over and are gaining popularity in places like New York City and Staten Island. Staten Island green apartments can be found to have superior insulation to conserve energy. They will also have water conserving shower heads, washing machines, toilets and dishwashers. They will more than likely have been painted with low to no VOC paint. There will be receptacles for recycling. Some of these buildings are even equipped with solar panels on the rooftops to promote clean energy production.

In your own apartment, you can make a difference too. Make sure that you always keep your doors and windows closed when the air conditioner or heater is on to conserve energy. When you run a load of dishes in the dishwasher or a load of clothes in the washing machine, make sure that the load is a full one to conserve both energy and water. Recycle all you can and use reusable shopping bags instead of the paper or plastic ones at the grocery stores.