3 Ways to Guide Your Search For an Eco-Friendly Apartment

In today’s society, environmental ignorance is disappearing, and the importance of sustainability is emerging.  In the last 12 years, the amount of apartments that are designed to be more sustainable has grown by 300%.  Environmentally-friendly homes focus on improving energy efficiency and promoting wellness, but finding one you approve of can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for.  Below we’ll discuss some topics to consider in your search for an eco-friendly property. 

Do Your Research 

Although many apartments are labeled as environmentally-friendly, you need to do your due diligence to determine if this label is warranted or if it’s a facade.  Here are some questions to ask yourself: How does the building reduce carbon emissions?  Does it use a source of renewable energy?  How is it saving water, electricity, etc.?  Has it invested in recycling facilities? 

Think About the Building Design 

Examine the building materials to ensure the property is made with eco-friendly supplies like reclaimed wood/metals or bamboo.  Materials like this reduce the cost of construction and create a lavish space.  More often than not, updated buildings contain an abundance of natural light sources to eliminate the need for fixtures.  The use of low-emission, sustainable materials will provide you with a sturdy, environmentally-conscious apartment.

Continue Encouraging Eco-Friendly Practices 

Communities are constantly evolving to cater to the need of their residents, so search for communities that offer opportunities to participate in sustainable activities: recycling and compost initiatives, community gardens, etc.  Also, to personally regulate your energy usage, you may request a report and create goals for yourself.  

When searching for an environmentally-safe apartment complex, look into the data behind your housing options.   In an effort to see how they can improve, most apartment operators measure their energy sustainability.  Examine energy reports and LEED certification to ensure you are moving into a home where energy conservation and wellness are encouraged.  Remember, you can do your part for the environment by adopting sustainable living habits, no matter what community you live in. 

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