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Environmentally Friendly Living: 15 Tips for Renters


Just because you are a renter does not mean that you have to compromise on your standard of living. Here are 15 cheap and simple ways to make your rental apartment or home more environmentally friendly:

  1. Replace old light bulbs with low-energy ones.

  2. Turn off lights in empty rooms.

  3. Put a water-efficient shower head in the bathroom (cost: about $50).

  4. Fix leaky faucets, cover or fill in cracked windows and panes, put a warm blanket or door stop by drafty doors.

  5. Put weather stripping on doors and windows.

  6. Leave window shades up during the day to maximize sunlight (and heat in the winter).

  7. Maximize the use of fans in the summer and rugs and warm clothes in the winter to keep air conditioning and furnace usage down.

  8. Close the doors to empty rooms to conserve coolness or heat.

  9. Buy recycled and environmentally friendly household items,

  10. Fill the apartment with second-hand or recycled furniture.

  11. Unplug electrical devices when not in use.

  12. Find out where the nearest recycling center is by looking it up on

  13. Keep potted plants around the apartment.

  14. Buy local produce, meat, and poultry.

  15. Get a portable solar panel or solar battery charger for electronic devices (cost: $100-200).