5 Ways to Help the Environment While Living in an Apartment

With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the metaphorical footprint you leave on Mother Earth and here in Weslaco, Texas. It’s no secret that we’re currently living in a society that’s cares deeply about the environment. From bans on plastic bag usage to handbags made out of recyclables, there’s so many ways to embrace a little eco-friendliness in your daily life.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, this Earth Day reminds us that the fate of our beautiful planet lies in our hands. If you think a couple of recycled coffee cups won’t make a difference, we urge you to change your perspective and see the waves small lifestyle changes can make.

There’s a common misconception out there that living an eco-friendly lifestyle is only possible in a home with a backyard. While it’s easy to believe this, we assure you that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Within your comfy, luxury apartment home there is a world of change just waiting to happen!

This Earth Day, don’t listen to the hype! Instead, take a few pointers from us. We’ve scoured the web for 5 simple and sustainable ways you can live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle in your apartment home.

1. Upcycle!

If you’re a fan of fruits and veggies (let’s face it—everyone should be), then this one’s for you! If you’re tired of making your way through the supermarket multiple times a week, what if we told you that you could make fewer trips? Instead of tossing out your fruit and veggie scraps, upcycle them instead! From sweet potatoes to pineapple and ginger, the possibilities are endless when you regrow your food scraps! Now when you run out of onions, you can save on gas and head to your mini-garden instead. It doesn’t get more organic than that! Click here to learn more about upcycling your food scraps.

2. All year long

Although Earth Day is only 24 hours, the spirit of the cause should carry on all year round. From using non-toxic cleaning products to buying reusable water bottles and wrapping your water heater in an insulating jacket, there’s so many ways you can make apartment living a little easier on our Mother Earth. For a month-to-month game plan, click here.

3. In your control

Living in apartment, we know that not necessarily everything is in your hands and conserving energy can be a little trickier. Luckily, there’s still a lot you can do! Here in South Texas, we do have some cold fronts that come through during the winter. Here’s a tip for when that happens: cover your windows in plastic and use fans to distribute cold air. This can make a difference in your energy usage. Additionally, turn your thermostat down at night during the cooler months and open up your windows, when it’s not too hot, for some serious conservation. Take things to the next level and check out these tips as well.

4. So long, paper towels!

One of the easiest ways to live a more sustainable existence can be found in the simpler aspects of life. While some of us may swear by them and rely on them every single time we spill our coffee, there’s no denying the fact that paper towels are harmful to our environment. For that reason, it’s time to let them go and embrace something a little different.

Reusable cloths or old T-shirts are the solution to this growing problem. Instead of constantly emptying your wallet to purchase paper towels, investing in a set of 20 reusable cloths (or old clothes if you’re feeling extra thrifty) can make all the difference! Decrease your footprint on Mother Earth and save some extra cash with this game-changing tip.

5. DIY time

While some of us swear by Windex or live by Clorox, it’s important to understand the detrimental effects these harsh substances can have on the planet. Of course, there is something you can do about this. If you’re a lover of DIY projects, brace yourself!

The key to cleaning your apartment and preserving the integrity of the environment lies in common household products. Whether it’s your kitchen or bathroom that needs a little scrub, there’s a DIY cleaner out there that’ll make it shine and sparkle like never before. With ingredients as simple as vinegar or Borax, cleaning might just be less of a drag. Click here for easy DIY cleaner recipes.

If you’re a diehard environmentalist or are simply looking for ways to decrease your carbon footprint, don’t let living in an apartment stop you! If these tips have inspired you, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how you can get the ball rolling on your conservation efforts.

On behalf of the Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we wish you a joyous Earth Day.

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