Steps For Greening Your Condo- By: Andy Asbury
Many people who live in urban condos are able to get by without owning a car. They bike or walk to the places they want to go, or use public transportation. Whether they mean to or not, that is green behavior that is environmentally friendly. So why not take it a few steps further? Following are some relatively simple ways to green your condo (even if you do own and drive a car).
If you have appliances that function well, replacing them may not be high on your list of priorities. But when one of them needs to be replaced, consider a model that is energy efficient. While these appliances may be a little more expensive on the front end, you will save money every month on utilities. In addition, you may qualify for tax credits designed to encourage people to be energy efficient.
Big temperature swings increase the amount of energy you use. And if you demand indoor temperatures of 80 degrees in the winter and 60 degrees in the summer, the furnace and air conditioner are going to be working overtime, which increases costs and energy consumption. One of the easiest ways to maintain a steady temperature and personal comfort is to dress for the occasion. Wear light cotton and shorts in the summer. When it is cold, reach for a sweater or blanket instead of the thermostat.
If you like to keep your condo clean, you no doubt have a wide variety of cleaners: some for surfaces; some for glass; some for the toilet; some for the dishes; and some for the laundry. If you have even more than that, you are not out of the ordinary. As a result, using natural cleaning supplies is a good way to be more environmentally friendly. And these sorts of cleaners do not have the same toxins that others have, so they are a healthier choice, too.
Overhead lights. Lamps. Sconces. Reading lights. Lights are everywhere in your condo. Consider replacing that generic light bulb with an energy efficient model. It will generate the same amount of light, but use last energy and last far longer.
Reduce water usage
Think of all the ways you use water in your condo: brushing your teeth; cooking; flushing the toilet; and showering. There probably are more, too. Now think if you need to have the water on as long as you do for each of those activities. Chances are, you do not. Cut a couple minutes off your shower. Shut the water off while you scrub your teeth. Fill the sink with water and wash dishes in there instead of running each dish under water.
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Twin Cities top urban REALTORŪ Andy Asbury knows Minneapolis condos and loves helping clients make intelligent real estate decisions. Utilizing the web tools at http://www.MinnesotaloftsandCondos.com you can find insider information on Minneapolis condominiums and lofts.