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With the environment rapidly changing before our eyes, going green is becoming increasingly important.

From buying an electric car to growing your own herb garden, there are lots of small acts you can start taking today that will help make a big difference. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, your apartment is a great place to start. Here are some tips for going green in your apartment.

 

Change the light bulbs

Switch all of the light bulbs in your apartment to energy-efficient light bulbs, like CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), or LEDs (light emitting diodes). These use anywhere from 25% to 80% less energy than traditional light bulbs. Plus, they last a lot longer, so you'll be saving money while reducing your energy use.

 

Clean with green products

Using natural, eco-friendly cleaning products means that you're reducing the amount of chemicals that are polluting the air. Many conventional cleaning products have more harmful ingredients than what you're actually trying to clean. Green products will not only make your apartment cleaner, but also safer.

 

Reduce, reuse, recycle

We hear this phrase all of the time, yet many of us still aren't recycling properly. Every time you need to discard something, consider whether it goes in the recycling bin, compost, or trash can. If you're not sure what goes where, visit the Environment Management website in your state. Ohio residents can check here, residents of our Indianapolis communities can look here, and North Carolina locals can look here.

 

Travel by bus

Walking or riding a bicycle to your destination is a great option for the environment, but if your destination is too far out of the way, take public transit instead. Many of our apartments, like Honey Creek, Indian Trace, and The Landings at Steele Creek are just steps away from a bus stop, while Mill Pond, Windsor Place, and Valley Creek are within walking distance of grocery stores, shopping centers, and more.