If you are renting a small-space home or apartment, you probably think that going green or living an eco-friendly lifestyle is close to impossible. Aside from the landlord rules and regulations that limit your ability to do immediate change, the space itself can be a huge challenge.
Luckily, this is not the truth or reality. You can still live an eco-friendly lifestyle even though you are living in a small-space home or apartment. Here are some tips and advice that can help you go green in your rented abode.
Use your balcony, patio and wall to full extent
You can grow plants and herbs in small pot. You can also create a wall mounted garden with a little bit of creativity. There are lots of tips, hacks and tutorials that can surely help you out when it comes to growing a mini-garden inside your small house.
Use machines wisely
Don’t run the dishwasher, washer and dryer until they are full. Learn to plan things out so you can clean up your stuff in one run or load. If this is not possible, create a fix schedule on when you can run your machines for a more efficient and energy saving use of water and electricity.
Reuse, reduce and recycle
Much has been said about recycling but are you doing it? Probably no or maybe you are not aware enough about it. Reuse things that can be used for other purpose. Like for example those carton boxes that came with your grocery purchase, they can be used to hold or store some of your seldom used stuff and accessories. It’s also best if you have a grocery bag that you’ll use every time you hit the stores rather than having them placed in separate paper bags or boxes.
Fix things that needs fixing, ASAP
A leaky pipe, running toilet and broken faucet must be fixed as soon as possible. If you can’t do it yourself, call for professional help immediately. Same thing goes with other machine or items inside your home like your AC unit, refrigerator, and heater and so on. Always remember that a broken machine can result into higher utility bills.
Be smart with your shower routine
Do you let the shower water run down the drain until its warm enough for you to bath on? Change this habit immediately. Go get a small bucket or pail that can catch the cold water every time you are about to use the shower. This cold water can be used to water plants or to clean some stuff that needs cleaning.
Use eco-friendly cleaning materials
Majority of cleaning solutions that we have in the market are chemical based. Instead of buying these chemical-infused products, why not create your own if you have the time to do so. A combination of vinegar and baking-soda is good enough to clean some stuff and surfaces. If not possible, always check the label of the cleaning product you’ll buy and choose the ones that uses less chemical compound.
Going green can be tough if you don’t know how to do it and where to start. But with these tips, living an eco-friendly lifestyle is within your grasps.