This Earth Day, you don’t need to buy an electric car to go green. Sometimes the smallest changes have the biggest impact. Show our home planet a little love with a renewed focus on how your everyday choices impact those around you. Not only can some of the tips below help the environment, but they can also help your wallet, too. Take a peek, and share your green living tips with us on social media @prometheus_apartments
Walk, Bike, or Carpool
No one enjoys a morning commute filled with traffic. Spare the environment some carbon emissions and walk or take a bike instead – if you can. Not only will you be helping the planet, but you’ll also be starting your day with cardio, flooding your body with endorphins and waking you up for a day at the office. If walking or biking is off the table, hitch a ride with a coworker instead. You’ll save on gas, and get to use those handy carpool lanes.
Reuse and Recycle
Eliminate the need for plastic bags and bring your own tote with you to the grocery store. Trader Joes even specializes in reusable bags for your wine! Bring your lunch in reusable Tupperware or an insulated lunchbox and keep a set of silverware handy at the office for meal time, depending less or those plastic forks and knives.
Somewhere between 25% and 40% of the food, we buy in the U.S. is thrown away. Do your grocery planning ahead of time, and keep to your list. Instead of reaching for the takeout menu, get creative with the ingredients in your fridge. If for some reason, you just can’t stomach chicken for the fourth night in a row, donate your leftovers to a Neighbor or family in need. Host a potluck where everyone brings a little something, and come together for a community meal.
Purchase Energy-Efficient Appliances
While some energy-efficient models might cost you more up front, they’ll save you money in the long run on your monthly bills. An easy way to start the transition is to replace all the lightbulbs in your home with energy efficient models. Step back and watch your energy bill rejoice.
Throw Away Responsibly
Make sure you’re throwing away your trash responsibly. Our apartment homes are equipped with options for waste, recycle, and compost. Not only does composting reduce the amount of waste in landfills, but the resulting material can also help gardens grow and eliminate the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Check out the handy chart below to educate yourself on what goes where: