We at TAVA Waters are always looking for ways we can reduce our environmental footprint and help conserve our resources, and there are plenty of ways you can help, too. You already know the basics: recycle, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, walk or ride a bike instead of drive. But there are everyday habits you can forge right in your own home that will go a long way toward making your apartment a green dream. Try out one or all of these easy tips in your own home today.
Unplug your appliances
Did you know that many of your appliances use power any time they are plugged in, even if they are not turned on? Electronics like laptops, televisions, and more can be costing you hundreds of dollars a year in electricity bills, not to mention wasting tons of energy. The good news? It’s easy to fix! You can simply unplug the offending appliances when you’re not using them, or you could install a power strip that can help you control many appliances at once.
Use the right bulbs
If you’re still using incandescent lightbulbs in your lamps and light fixtures, now is the time to switch. Swapping them out for compact fluorescent lightbulbs is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs use about one third the energy of incandescent bulbs, and they can last up to 10 times longer. That’s a win-win!
Run full loads
This one goes for both your dishwasher and your washer and dryer. These appliances will use the same amount of water no matter how much is inside, so make sure you’re making the most of it by running full loads.
When you move into your new apartment at TAVA Waters, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make about how to furnish your space. One thing to consider? Buy secondhand! Not only will you save money, you’ll save tons of resources and energy that go into making brand-new furniture. Try a consignment store or vintage shop, and don’t forget about Craigslist. You might find a one-of-a-kind item that brightens up your whole apartment.
Install a low-flow showerhead
Another easy way to make a difference for the environment? Simply install a low-flow showerhead in each of your showers. And no, low-flow does not mean low water pressure – it just means the showerhead limits the amount of water that’s being used per minute, generally to 0.5 to 2 gallons per minute. With this in mind, TAVA Waters recently completed the largest water device retrofit in Denver history, replacing the aging showerheads and toilets in all 2,500 bathrooms on the property with low-flow versions. TAVA Waters’ commitment to environmentally friendly practices is one of the top reasons residents choose to live here.
You can take little steps today that will add up to a big difference tomorrow. Try out these green living tips in your TAVA Waters apartment and see how easy it can be to be green.