How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint at Your Apartment Near Humble, TX
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 your apartment near Humble, TX, or what your personal energy needs are, 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.
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Plant a Tree for Arbor Day
Did you know April 29th is Arbor Day? There are several Arbor Day events nearby, including one at the Houston Arboretum that features crafts, displays, hikes, and a tree planting demo, among other activities. Whether you actually plant a tree, learn about trees, or just donate to the Arbor Day Foundation, celebrating Arbor Day can help you offset your carbon footprint and learn some practical ways that you can help our environment.
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 near Humble, you’re wasting less energy than if you lived in an older apartment.
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. 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, when the weather is good, opt to bike to a nearby store instead of driving when you have just a few things you need to run out and grab.
During times of social distancing, simply reducing the number of trips you take (something you may already be doing anyway) can make a big difference. But be mindful of how the positive benefit of fewer car trips on your end may be offset by greater reliance on delivery services like food and grocery delivery, which can result in car emissions and extra packaging waste. When ordering items online, you may have options to reduce the amount of packaging used and/or consolidate items into a single shipment, which is easier on the environment.
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 (but also avoid running them when overly full, which can lead to the need for additional washes).
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
We’ve already touched on a few areas where you can reduce the waste you create by eliminating extra packaging or reducing your water use. But the classic three R’s are the golden rule of early environmental pedagogy for a reason. Whenever you safely can, reuse products as many times as possible before tossing them, and if you’re able, always recycle instead!
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’d like to see any tips and recommendations from us in the future, make sure you bookmark our blog page for easy access to upcoming posts. Finally, if you don’t want to miss out on special promotions, community updates, and events at our apartments near 77044, follow us on Instagram!