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5 Green Living Life Hacks

 

energy saving tipsEveryone wants to help the environment and leave a smaller carbon footprint behind, but living green takes time and hard work. Or, for those who really want their homes to be green homes, all it takes is a few simple life hacks. Check out the 5 methods below, and you’ll be amazed you never thought of them before.

#5: Greener and Cleaner Homes (Using Stuff You Have in The Kitchen)

For those who want to be greener at home while saving money there’s no need to look any further than what you use to clean with. White vinegar in a 50/50 solution can do everything from clean up bathroom spots and kitchen stains to killing bad smells. Using some lemon juice can also help get rid of tough stains, and it will leave behind a clean, citrus smell. Click here for some great cleaner recipes that will cost pennies when compared with chemical cleaners.

#4: Avoid Vampire Energy

Have you ever noticed that your phone charger has a green light on it? Or that your television has a bank of red lights even when it’s off? That takes power, and a lot more than you might think. While plugging and unplugging your household electronics might seem time consuming the savings to you and the amount of electricity you’ll save is worth the effort. Using less power is perhaps the easiest way for everyone to help the environment.

#3: Keep Your Freezer Filled

If you have a lot of stuff in your freezer it will actually take less energy to keep it all cold. So if you’re worried about stocking up, don’t be. Keep your freezer filled and you’ll use less energy. Eat at home more often and you’ll likely save money and get healthier portions as well. This is an all-around win.

#2: Hang Your Laundry

Whether you have an industrial-sized washing machine or just a small, under-the-counter one that will wash a pair of jeans and a few shirts at a time, you can save a lot of energy by hanging your laundry up to dry instead of using a dryer. If you have clear days and bright weather you can use your balcony to dry off your clothes (if there isn’t a rule against it) or you can set up a folding whirly-gig in a room you don’t use much. This will end up saving a huge amount of energy, and it will also help your clothes last longer because they aren’t being tumble dried.

#1: Only Heat The Rooms You Use

Heating is one of the biggest expenses in any home, whether it’s a small apartment or a sprawling suburban homestead. During the cold months it’s important to block any drafts (such as by putting folded towels near the base of doors or over windows that let in cold air) to keep heat in the home. If someone has rooms that aren’t being used be sure to close the vents and the doors to those rooms so you aren’t using energy you don’t need to.

For those who want a simple, do-it-yourself space heater all you need is a cake pan, two clay flower pots of different sizes, a bit of aluminum foil, and some tea light candles. Take the smaller flower pot and set it upside down over the pan so that it rests on the pan’s sides. Put a strip of aluminum foil over the hole in the base, and then put the bigger flower pot over the smaller one. Light four tea lights and slide them beneath the smaller flower pot. This simple setup will warm a small to middling size room for several hours, and it can be used over and over again with a few paltry candles. There’s no reason to turn up the furnace, and you can still recline comfortably even if the power goes out.

For more great ways to make your home cleaner and greener, contact us today!


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Decorating an Apartment for Halloween

 

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Decorations can be a fun way to get into the feel of the season. If you live in an apartment you can decorate for holidays just as a home owner does. Consider the following options for decorating your apartment for Halloween.

Window Decals

Typically only a few dollars, themed window decals can really add a Halloween feel to your apartment. Whether you select spooky or cute halloween decals it will be fun to put them on your windows and easy to remove them when November arrives. Consider changing out the window decals every month to coordinate with each upcoming holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, Easter, etc).

Coasters and Curtains

If your apartment is a little tight on space you may not want to try to incorporate large Halloween decorations. You can still get in the spirit by replacing items that you already would have out with Halloween themed ones. For example, replace your regular curtains with black curtains. Look for pumpkin coasters to set out. Halloween themed hand towels can be hung in the bathrooms and kitchen. Purchase placemats with a fall image for your table. None of these items take up additional floor space but they will all put you in the Halloween spirit.

Miniatures

You may not want to carve a giant pumpkin but consider small decorations that represent traditional Halloween items. For example, buy a pie pumpkin instead of a giant one and put it on display somewhere in your apartment. A gourd or Indian corn can be set on a bookcase shelf or coffee table as a decoration. Use cotton pillow stuffing to make cobwebs appear around your curtains.

Enjoy decorating your apartment for Halloween! You will enjoy the holiday more when your apartment reflects the season. Contact us for additional apartment living tips.


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Green Living Tips: Going Waste-Free in the Kitchen

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For individuals who are interested in going an extra step to be green in their daily lives, attempting to go waste free in one’s home can be a big step in the right direction. However, when beginning the journey to having a zero waste home, many individuals find it surprising how much waste they produce, and they do not know where to start in reducing their waste output. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the process of becoming a zero waste household, it may be best to start the process one room at a time. Thusly, the focus of this blog post will be to give a quick overview of going waste-free in the kitchen as a step toward green living.

 

Buy Items Wholesale Using Reusable Containers

A great way to remove waste from your kitchen is to try to buy items that do not utilize packaging. Since you will not be bringing this waste into your kitchen, there will be less waste to exit it. The best way to purchase food without packaging would be to go to a wholesale store where you can purchase unpackaged items. Bring with you to the store food storage containers that can easily store and preserve these items and that can be reused later. If shopping container free is not an option in your area, try to reduce the amount of packaging on the food you buy by shopping in bulk at a warehouse type store. This will also lessen your carbon footprint as you will not have to make as frequent of trips to the store by buying in bulk.

 

Stop Using Disposable Items

Finally, to make your kitchen completely waste free, it will be necessary to stop using the disposable items many of us rely on in our kitchens on a daily basis. These disposable items include paper towels, paper napkins, disposable plates and silverware, as well as disposable food storage containers. While these items can be extremely useful, using them on a daily basis can create a great deal of waste in one’s home. You will soon find after not using these items that you no longer rely on them the way you once did. In circumstances where using these disposable items is unavoidable, consider purchasing environmentally friendly options that have been made from recycled materials.

 

Making one’s home a zero waste environment can initially seem like a daunting task. However, if you begin the process slowly, room by room, you will soon find that you are only producing a fraction of the waste in your home that you once did.  Contact us to find out more about how you can be more environmentally friendly in your daily life.


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Three Quick and Easy Tips for Healthy Living in Your Apartment

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For better health, you can join a gym, visit the doctor regularly, or consult with a nutritionist. But all those strategies take time that you may not have, and, at the very least, require that you step outside your home. Fortunately, you can also live a healthier lifestyle in your apartment by following these quick and easy tips.

1.      Put a magnetic mirror on your refrigerator door. You can buy this mirror at many home centers, school supply outlets, or big box stores. Mount it slightly above waist height so that before your open the fridge, you get a good view of your middle torso. Do you like what you see? If the reflection shows a fit and healthy body, then go ahead and get that slice of pie you wanted. On the other hand, a less-than-desirable image may just prompt you to reach for a carrot instead of a cake, or grab a cold glass of water instead of a beer. As a bonus, if your shopping list is near the mirror, you can start writing down healthier choices to buy like more vegetables and fruits, instead of Twinkies and frozen french fries.

2.      Dust in the forgotten places. It’s easy enough to clean tabletops, counters, and chairs because dirt on their surfaces are visible. But, if you’re still suffering from watery eyes and a runny nose, dust in the invisible spaces of your apartment may be causing your allergic reactions. Be sure to clean on the top of ceiling fans, on the top frames of windows and doors, and on the tops of high shelves and cabinet doors.

3.      Sleep away from your electronics. Your bed is where you escape from the stresses of the workday and recharge your body with a good night’s sleep. That won’t happen if you use your mattress to watch TV, catch up on work with your laptop, and check on email from your smartphone. Move all these distractions outside your bedroom so you can finally get that good night’s sleep you’ve been wanting.

A healthier you doesn’t have to rearrange your entire life. These tips, which you can do without much time investment, can pay big dividends if you do them consistently. Wood Partners is committed to giving you a better life. For more information, please contact us.