If you’re looking to step into a more sustainable lifestyle, going green is the way forward. Aside from reducing your carbon footprint, going green also helps you save money. By using a sponge instead of paper towels to mop up spills, showering instead of soaking in a tub, and cold washing your clothes, you could save around $324 a year – more if you apply added money-saving tips. Even if you are renting, there are plenty of ways to turn your rental into a sustainable and eco-friendly space. Here’s how to go green:
Talk to Your Landlord
Before you proceed with any changes, it is important to know your parameters. As a tenant, should always find out what your landlord allows in terms of making alterations to your rental, as every one has slightly different rules. Can you replace showerheads with low-flow models? Are other energy-saving devices and fixtures permissible?
Often this is as simple as sending a text, giving a call, shooting an email, or even just stopping by. Most landlords should be all right with the idea, but it is better to make certain rather than incur any penalties.
Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
One of the most common, and most basic, ways to go green is by using energy-efficient light bulbs. This type of lighting uses less electricity and can last up to 12 times longer than traditional bulbs. Not only is it relatively cost-effective, but it comes with the added benefit of being just about effortless.
Examples of energy-saving lightbulbs include:
- LED bulbs
- CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps)
- Halogen Incandescent are examples
You can choose from a variety of brightness and design options so that you don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability. And since lightbulbs are cost-effective, they are a relatively inexpensive way to go green.
Invest in a water filter
Drinking water is typically purchased in plastic bottles or containers. According to Healthy Human, only one out of six bottles is recycled. Most end up in landfills – and eventually to the world’s oceans. To reduce your use of plastic bottles, install a water filter.
Don’t just recycle – reduce
Recycling is a great way to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gases. However, the amount of junk that’s mixed in with recyclables has made recycling a costly proposition – both to the recycling industry and the environment. As a result, junk-contaminated recyclables end up in landfills just the same.
Therefore, it makes more sense to reduce consumption. Plan meals before you shop. Switch to reusable shopping bags, as well as metal straws and water bottles, to avoid single-use products.
Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products
Most conventional cleaning products contain chemicals and allergens that can harm the environment. They can also affect your health by contributing to respiratory problems and allergic reactions.
There are numerous cleaning solution companies that offer products made with green ingredients. Some even offer refills, which further minimize waste.
Invest in eco-friendly technology
Smart thermostats, smart appliances, and smart lighting are some products utilizing energy-saving technology. These smart devices can detect when it is not being used and powers off to save energy and money.
Go Green With Destination Properties
Searching for the right rental property? Work with Destination Properties, the best Utah real estate professionals for rental and investment properties. Get in touch with us today at 801.745.2009 or email info(at)destinationpropertiesutah(dotted)com today. We’re excited to help you find a home where you can have the ability to live eco-friendly.
We have been in the real estate business in Northern Utah for more than 25 years and know the ins and outs of the housing market. You can bank on our solid experience and local expertise to find the best home for you.