Did you know that the average American generates 4.4 pounds of waste per day, or that the average American home uses 867 kilowatt-hours per month? Regardless of how many people share your unit at our Owasso apartments for rent, or your personal energy needs, there are little things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and be mindful about your impact on the earth. You could even reduce your utility costs in the process! Today we’re going over some tips that can help you do just that.
Know a friend or neighbor in our community of apartments for rent in Owasso who’s interested in going green? Be sure to share this post with them once you’re done the reading! For now, take a look through these easy steps to reducing your carbon footprint.
Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs and Appliances
Every time you buy new light bulbs, appliances, or other electronics, take a moment to see if there’s an energy-efficient option available. For example, LED and fluorescent light bulbs use less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs. You can also find labels on many products that make a special note if they were manufactured using renewable energy.
When it comes to appliances, look for an Energy Star label as a quick way of discerning more energy-efficient appliances from less energy-efficient ones. It’s also worth noting that newer freezers, stoves, dishwashers, and clothes washers and dryers are considerably more energy-efficient than older models, so just by virtue of living in our modern apartments in Owasso, you’re wasting less energy than if you lived in an older unit.
Be Mindful of What You Eat
Eating locally and organically can reduce your carbon footprint, as can reducing the meat and dairy you eat and focusing more on plant-based options. It takes a lot of resources to transport food, fertilize produce, and raise animals, especially cows. Clearing space for large farms can also contribute to deforestation. Whenever possible, buy organic produce from smaller, local farms and reduce your use of beef and dairy products.
Use Public Transportation Or Carpool
Whenever possible, hop on the bus or train to get where you’re going. Public transportation has the benefit of reducing the number of cars on the road since it can transport more passengers at a time.
When you can’t take public transportation, carpooling is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Instead of meeting your friend somewhere, consider picking them up on your way there. Or maybe you have a coworker you could carpool to work with regularly.
Reduce Your Water Usage
Besides shaving off a few minutes from your shower time and turning off the water between steps when you brush your teeth and wash your face, there are a few things you can do to reduce your water usage. Wash your car less often. Have only climate-appropriate plants at home to avoid the need for extra watering. Maximize the efficiency of your dishwasher and washing machine by avoiding running them when not full.
That concludes our tips for reducing your carbon footprint! We strive to make it as easy as possible for our residents to make energy-efficient choices that are good for our community and the planet! If you enjoyed this post, be sure to bookmark our blog page for easy access to future posts. Before long we’ll have another blog post up, but in the meantime, make sure you’re following us on Instagram so you never miss our special events, promotions, and community updates!