Top Green Rental Property Tips
The switch to a green lifestyle is easy, even for those who rent because they live in an urban area, are in college or whatever the case may be. Here are a few ideas from EnviroCitizen.org to get you living green within your means.
The location can have a huge impact on your ability to live sustainably, so think hard about your lifestyle when you are looking for your next rental property. It might help you to talk with current residents to find out more or just take some time to scope out the neighborhood by yourself. The more people who seek out greener communities, the more developers and local authorities will be motivated to create them.
Look for a place with a recycling area. Not all places have recycling areas set-up. Some only have dumpsters for trash. It helps give you an idea on where the landlord or rental company stands when it comes to recycling. It is also helpful as you won't have to go all the way to the recycling facility.
Look for a sustainable community. If you are able to find a sustainable community you won't have to worry as much about the small details because a sustainable community will have incorporated green living in every aspect of daily life.
Make sure there are some important eco-friendly elements. Choosing a green community is smart, but each place has its own little community within. Some have gardens, flowers, trees and other outdoor amenities while other complexes are nothing but cement. It's better to live with some greenery growing around you. It also provides better scenery.
The less space you need, the better. Like any renter, you have many options when it comes to apartment size. If you live alone, a multi-bedroom condo is excessive. The smaller your home the better it is for the environment. Rent a place that fulfills your home needs without overdoing it. Also, look for a place with low-energy appliances that are certified by Energy Star. You can also check out what potential apartments' policies are on clotheslines and other eco-friendly options. Remember to ask about weather proofing. Check all windows and doors to make sure they are well sealed so that no drafts can come in, making it require more energy to heat or cool the space. Make sure windows are energy efficient and functional. This is both green and a money saver.
Rent a place where the owners are flexible on the decor. There are tons of apartments now where you're allowed to paint your walls (usually with limitations on the colors). Ask if you can use a low or no-NOV paint since it is better for the air quality. EnviroCitizen.org knows that renting green can be easily accomplished by paying attention to all of the details, from large to small.