Living Greener in an Apartment

Green living is quickly becoming a popular lifestyle choice in Broomfield and across the country. Reducing your apartment’s carbon footprint is an easy way to make a positive change in the environment. Keep reading to find out how you can continue to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle while making green choices at home in RockVue Apartments.

Use Green Cleaners

Keeping your apartment clean will improve the look and feel of your living space—plus, it’s a great way to show off its luxury finishes, like your quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Cleaning can be an Earth-friendly chore when you use natural cleaning solutions, rather than harsh or dangerous chemical cleaners. To clean stainless steel, mix three tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the surface of your appliances with a soft sponge, then rinse it away with clean water. A mixture of vinegar and water can also be used to remove spots from stainless steel. Your quartz countertops are designed to resist stains, so just wipe up any spills immediately with water and a lint-free paper towel. You can keep your shower and tub tiles clean with baking soda, water, and hydrogen peroxide.

Switch to CFLs

You have more than one choice when it comes to lighting your apartment’s interior. CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, are a great alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. These newer options use up to 66% less energy, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint. CFLs also generate no heat, which means your apartment will stay more comfortable during warm seasons and you’ll use your air conditioner less. Because CFLs last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, you won’t need to replace them as often so you’ll also generate less waste while enjoying ample lighting in your home.

Turn Off the Lights

Another way to enjoy energy savings and a greener apartment lifestyle is to turn off the lights whenever you leave a room for more than 15 minutes. This will reduce wasted energy and improve the overall lifetime of your bulbs. Your lights aren’t the only energy-using aspect of any room—you should also turn off fans, televisions, and other electronics when they’re not in use. Unplug your phone, camera, and computer chargers when they’re not attached to their respective devices. Even when you’re not using them to charge anything, these well-known “energy vampires” can still draw watts that simply go to waste.

Maximize Appliances

Washers, dryers, and dishwashers are wonderful modern conveniences that make everyday chores much easier. You can enjoy a modern lifestyle while still living green by using these appliances efficiently. Wait to wash a load of dishes or laundry until the appliance is full. If your washer allows you to choose the water level, use only as much water as is needed and wash your clothes on the cold setting whenever possible. Purchase eco-friendly soaps and detergents, which allow you to enjoy clean dishes and laundry without contaminating local water supplies. Use the “air dry” mode rather than the heated dry mode on your dishwasher to save even more energy when doing the dishes.

RockVue Apartments of Broomfield, CO, is the perfect place to enjoy an active outdoor—and green—lifestyle. Our community near Boulder, Denver, and the Flatirons Mountains features ample community greenspace, nearby jogging and biking trails, and luxury finishes you’ll love. Visit our website to find out more about our amenities, floor plans, pricing, and availability. 

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