Conserving energy and water at home is a great way to reduce your living costs while taking a positive step toward a more sustainable lifestyle. There are many ways to reduce your power and water usage without sacrificing convenience or comfort. Keep reading to discover a few of the ways you can conserve valuable natural resources for an eco-friendlier apartment lifestyle in Honolulu.
Wash Full Loads
Whether you’re washing dishes or clothing, waiting until you have a full load before filling the sink or visiting the laundry center will help to conserve water. Washing full loads makes the best use of water, soap, and energy, reducing the overall impact of your lifestyle on the environment. Waiting until you have a full load before washing clothes will also save time by reducing the number of trips you take to your apartment community’s nearest onsite laundry center.
Use Power Strips
Power strips make saving energy easy and convenient. Many home electronics continue to use power even when switched off. This small power usage can add up over time, especially if you have a home stereo or theater system. Unplugging items such as chargers, televisions, and DVD players when they’re not in use will lower your monthly electricity bill as well as your overall energy usage. Plugging all these items into a single power strip that features and on/off function makes this process much more convenient—simply turn off the power strip to eliminate unnecessary power usage in your apartment.
Switch to CFLs
CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, are an energy-saving alternative to regular incandescent light bulbs. These lighting options can be used in nearly any fixture that takes incandescent lights for a fraction of the energy cost. Depending upon the type of lamp, a CFL will use as little as one-fifth of the power required by an incandescent bulb. Additionally, CFLs don’t produce much excess heat, so your apartment will stay cooler and you’ll save money on your cooling costs as well. CFLs may cost a little extra upfront, but they’ll also last eight to fifteen times longer, meaning you won’t need to spend money on replacing your light bulbs as often.
Turn Off the Faucet
There are a variety of small ways in which you can reduce your water usage during everyday activities. Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or washing your face to save two to three gallons of water each time. You can also turn off the water while soaping up your hair in the shower to save an additional three to five gallons for each minute the water stays off. Other ways to conserve water at home include washing fruits and vegetables in a bowl, rather than under running water. Once you’re done, use the water for your houseplants to provide them with beneficial nutrients without using fresh water from the tap. If you prefer cool water to drink, fill a pitcher and keep it ready in your fridge. You could be wasting up to five gallons of water each time you wait for the water from your faucet to cool down enough to drink.
Waena Apartments is a Honolulu apartment community featuring one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartment floor plans complete with full kitchens, wood-style flooring, and spacious lanais. Our community includes a new playground, business center, fitness center, and seven on-site laundry facilities. You can check us out online to learn more about our location, availability, and commitment to resident comfort and convenience.